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(BBC) Video We've all seen those scary cross-wind airplane landings on YouTube. This guy's got a solution   ( bbc.co.uk) divider line
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2017-03-16 04:51:24 PM  
Just wait until Pilot Griswold lands there..

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2017-03-16 05:29:04 PM  
The easiest solution is what the B52 has, which is an undercarriage that pilots rotate to match the crosswind. So they land crabbed, as now, but don't have to do the scary and dramatic last second straightening up.

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Youtube TCUHQ_-l6Qg


With todays technology you could make the process automatic. AFAIK B52 pilots have to manually set the angle on approach.
 
2017-03-16 05:39:43 PM  
Not really feasible. The majority of the US Strategic Concrete Reserve is slotted for wall building.
 
2017-03-16 06:21:43 PM  

Ron Vibbentrop: The easiest solution is what the B52 has, which is an undercarriage that pilots rotate to match the crosswind. So they land crabbed, as now, but don't have to do the scary and dramatic last second straightening up.

[iFrame https://www.youtube.com/embed/TCUHQ_-l6Qg - 480x360]

With todays technology you could make the process automatic. AFAIK B52 pilots have to manually set the angle on approach.


How can something be so beautiful AN so ugly at the same time?
 
2017-03-16 06:26:58 PM  
 This is the dumbest thing I've seen since that last thing that Trump did. And I'm a professional pilot!
 
2017-03-16 06:28:52 PM  
I hate you subby.
 
2017-03-16 06:29:42 PM  
What is old is new again. This was tried around 40-50 years ago with an Ercoupe. Circular takeoff only. One wing was tethered by a cable to the pivot point. You took off in a circle, when safe airspeed was reached the cable was released.

Circular Takeoff and Landing - HomeBuiltAirplanes.com
HomeBuiltAirplanes.com › showthread
Apr 3, 2014 - 8 posts - 5 authors
They did this several times with a modified Ercoupe. I can't link the article, ... 3, No. 3): Circular take offand landing of airplanes.
 
2017-03-16 06:31:40 PM  
I think they already have the solution since those videos are "cross-wind landings" and not "cross-wind crashings".
 
2017-03-16 06:37:47 PM  
In order for the curvature to be slight enough not to blow tires or cause accidents, a circular runway would need to be bigger than any conventional airport. You couldn't build these in cities.

Also, good luck dealing with the pavement settling on your oversize banked nascar track. At least with straight runways you can have a few dips and bumps without flipping a plane over on landing.

There are more practical ways to deal with crosswinds. Like runway triangles.
 
2017-03-16 06:43:43 PM  
I'd rather see the footage from inside the cabin of everyone screaming and crying.
 
2017-03-16 06:48:16 PM  
I don't want to pile on here, but the change in training and procedures required would be immense. Not only the pilots, but imagine all the ground crew. Snow clearing, ground traffic control...holy moses.

Although if you were in business of supplying left-side landing gear replacements, you'd retire early.
 
2017-03-16 07:21:28 PM  
 
2017-03-16 07:51:56 PM  
Would pilots in the US and Europe land counter clockwise while pilots in the UK, Australia and japan land clockwise?
 
2017-03-16 08:24:51 PM  
Don't watch YouTube?
 
2017-03-16 09:09:21 PM  
No. No they won't.

Logistical nightmare. Land space nightmare. Procedures nightmare. For every problem it remotely helps it exacerbates others. The "best" layout is according to typical local winds, maybe a triangle. Yes, they actually look at decades of wind data to plan runways at airports now. The older ones were built out in the country on average, like Van Nuys used to be in the middle of a bunch of farms, and runways adapted as necessary.
 
2017-03-16 09:36:22 PM  
Far easier just to add a crosswind landing gear, like the AF had on the early C-5A's I flew.

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Notice the airplane is cocked into the wind while the landing gear is aligned with the runway. You simple let it land and gradually take out the crosswind setting on the gear while the airplane rolls out on the runway. Very slick and worked great. Just too expensive, maintenance-wise, so it was dropped in the B model and the C-5 became like other big jets.

Size DOES matter, though, and the C-5 did all kinds of wild shiat.

Like haul other airplanes...

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Rockets...

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And even Navy SEAL's attack boats...

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You call, we haul.

/4300 hours driving FRED...
 
2017-03-16 09:44:54 PM  
Hauling the Army's tanks...

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Howitzers...

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Little helicopters...

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Big helicopters...

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Hawgs...

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Launching ICBMs...

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Oh, and...showing the Navy how it's done!

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2017-03-16 10:55:34 PM  

Stone Meadow: Hauling the Army's tanks...

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Howitzers...

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Little helicopters...

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Big helicopters...

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Hawgs...

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Launching ICBMs...

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Oh, and...showing the Navy how it's done!

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Seriously, the C-17 isn't going to land on the aircraft carrier. I mean, I know I'm an idiot for even asking, but that is simply impossible, right? Even if you don't mind having the right wing sheared off.

I'm just asking because you do run across insane situations now and again.
 
2017-03-16 11:11:20 PM  
I was hoping to see how farkers would react to this. And I have. Shame too...
 
2017-03-16 11:12:37 PM  

enemy of the state: Stone Meadow: Hauling the Army's tanks...

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Howitzers...

[img.fark.net image 850x478]

Little helicopters...

[img.fark.net image 850x478]

Big helicopters...

[img.fark.net image 850x567]

Hawgs...

[img.fark.net image 850x566]

Launching ICBMs...

[img.fark.net image 850x478]

Oh, and...showing the Navy how it's done!

[img.fark.net image 850x478]

Seriously, the C-17 isn't going to land on the aircraft carrier. I mean, I know I'm an idiot for even asking, but that is simply impossible, right? Even if you don't mind having the right wing sheared off.

I'm just asking because you do run across insane situations now and again.


A C-17 can land on an aircraft carrier. If by "land" you mean "touch down". As long as your definition of "landing" does not include "stopping", "staying in one piece", "able to be used again ever" or even "with all the crew still alive".

/On MS Flight Simulator I once tried to take off a Boeing 747 from a heliport on top of a New York skyscraper.
//It did not go well.
 
2017-03-17 09:01:47 AM  
Runways? We don't need no stinking runways!
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2017-03-17 02:23:18 PM  

Ron Vibbentrop: enemy of the state: Stone Meadow: Hauling the Army's tanks...

[img.fark.net image 800x533]

Howitzers...

[img.fark.net image 850x478]

Little helicopters...

[img.fark.net image 850x478]

Big helicopters...

[img.fark.net image 850x567]

Hawgs...

[img.fark.net image 850x566]

Launching ICBMs...

[img.fark.net image 850x478]

Oh, and...showing the Navy how it's done!

[img.fark.net image 850x478]

Seriously, the C-17 isn't going to land on the aircraft carrier. I mean, I know I'm an idiot for even asking, but that is simply impossible, right? Even if you don't mind having the right wing sheared off.

I'm just asking because you do run across insane situations now and again.

A C-17 can land on an aircraft carrier. If by "land" you mean "touch down". As long as your definition of "landing" does not include "stopping", "staying in one piece", "able to be used again ever" or even "with all the crew still alive".

/On MS Flight Simulator I once tried to take off a Boeing 747 from a heliport on top of a New York skyscraper.
//It did not go well.


They did successfully land C-130's on aircraft carriers though. IIRC they had to put the engines in full reverse before the wheels even touched.
 
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