Ewen McPhee Posted July 7, 2008 Share Posted July 7, 2008 Ok I admit I have no clue; up front, just to get it out there. I have about 14 hours now and 1.1 solo Last weekend I went up in a Texan, in gusting winds 7 - 10 knots to do circuits The windsock was all over the place. I went up with the instructor initially. On take off the wind was about 8 knots and off to the right by about 20 degrees. At about 300feet, just as I was pulling in the flaps the wind changed to a lateral current and throwing the plane into a steep (for me) bank. I corrected that but started thinking "oh my god do I really want to do this". It totally stuffed by confidence and I ended up all over the place about twice as far as usual out from the runway and having to drag the aeroplane back in under power. We throttled back from the usual 100kt circuit speed to 85 kts just so we didn't bouce around on downwind too much. By final there was a hefty crosswind (from the right) with the sock about 3/4. I came in OK but have the nose to far to the left and skittered down the runway. I had had a bit to much left rudder on and was tilting the airlerons into the wind as instructed. Next final the crosswind was there again but less so. On flare the wind just decided to stop and I dropped like a stone bouncing down the runway. After three landings the instructor got out and off I went in some trepidation. I did 5 more circuits before a GA aircraft joined the circuit and I declared full stop landing on my final approach. Each time the windsock had another direction and angle. Luckily the last landing was fine and the Instructor seemed happy enough. I looked at his notes and he described my initial landings as "untidy". I am still not sure what I should have learned from that experience, and I hope the experts here might talk about landing in gusting crosswinds in an Ultralight. At the moment I am a little shy of doing it again but I am sure my son will tell me I am a "sook" and to harden up. (Mind you his Cessna 182 seems to laugh at slight winds like these) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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