Cross-winds are currents or tides in the air.

But you never hear that a boat is subject to a cross-tide! It's just accepted that the water in a river or in the sea isn't always moving in the same direction that a boat wants to travel. So ... if you have a fear of flying, this page about cross-winds will help you to realise that to the planes and pilots it's all very easy. Go to the weather page to find out more about winds and their effect on planes.

There aren’t very many people that want to know about how a plane navigates or ¬†takes off in a crosswind, but some people do, and if that’s one of the things that worries you and adds to your fear of flying then it’s important that you can read about it and understand that it isn’t something that you need to worry about because dealing with crosswinds is very straightforward.
A slight wind from the pilot's right

A slight wind from the pilot’s right

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Remember that flying a plane in a cross-wind is neither complicated nor difficult.

Landing in a crosswind

The answer is very easy … we land on one wheel with one wing down a little bit. The wing being down means that the plane will slip sideways towards the downward wing, and will counter the wind.
So the plane can be pointing one way whilst going along the line of the runway and landing on one wheel. And that’s the way the designer wants it done. From then, from your point of view, it’ll be a bumpy landing (it isn’t, but that’s what you’ll feel), one bump, two bumps and then a third bump and then the reverse thrust noise.

  • First bump: that’s the wheel that’s supposed to touch down first.
  • Second bump: as the wheel on the other side contacts the runway.
  • Third bump : the nose wheel touching the ground.

Taking off in a crosswind

Taking off is more straightforward as we don’t have to do much until we get airborne … and then all we do is point into the wind enough to keep us travelling in line with the runway direction.
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