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Great article on slips by Tom Turner. I, too, was a little baffled in seeing the FAA's Airplane Flying Handbook showing a forward slip and a side slip the same way other than printing orientation. The graphics correctly depict slipping to lose altitude by increasing drag. I realized the graphics did not apply to crosswind landings as the graphics do not show ground track, they show the effect of slips in relation to the relative wind and direction of flight.

As we all know, in a crosswind landing, right before touch down we are not interested in increasing drag, but rather flying an airplane with its longitudinal axis parallel to the runway (and hopefully over the centerline). None of the graphics show the effect of a slip while landing in a crosswind since the "real" wind is not shown.

It would be helpful for the FAA (or maybe Aviation Safety) to develop a graphic showing relative wind, "real" wind, ground track and direction of flight. Clearly, in a crosswind landing, the ground track and direction of flight would be the same and parallel to the longitudinal axis.


Luca F Bencini-Tibo, ATP/CFI Via e-mail

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Title Annotation:UNICOM; crosswind landing
Author:Bencini-Tibo, Luca F.
Publication:Aviation Safety
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 1, 2012
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