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7 Ways To Fail Your Private Checkride On A Crosswind Landing

Don't want to fail your private pilot checkride on a crosswind landing? Here are 7 things not to do...

1) Land on all three wheels at once

The PTS says you need to "make smooth, timely, and correct control application during the round out and touchdown." Not like this.

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2) Land long. And go off the other end.

Because the PTS says you need to touchdown within 400' of your touchdown point. Which, by the way, shouldn't be in the last third of the runway.

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3) Go off the side

Keep the crosswind correction in - it'll keep you on the runway. PTS 10: Maintain crosswind correction and directional control throughout the approach and landing sequence. (The go-around here was wise...)

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4) Catch your brakes on fire

Don't stand on the brakes. You can skid - or this can happen. Instead, use gentle brakes and aerodynamic braking with your elevator.

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5) Land in a crab

It's hard on the gear - and it makes it hard to stay on the pavement. PTS says: "Touches down ... with the airplane's longitudinal axis aligned with and over the runway center/landing path."

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6) Land fast

It'll guarantee a bounce and maybe even cause a porpoise. It will definitely cause a fail. PTS: "Maintains a stabilized approach and recommended airspeed, or in its absence, not more than 1.3 VSO, +10/-5 knots, with wind gust factor applied."

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7) Try to land when it gets bad instead of going around

Your examiner won't fail you for using good judgement. A go-around's great judgement. (And EVA's doin' it right...) PTS: "Executes a timely go around decision when the approach cannot be made within the tolerances specified above."

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Aleks Udris

Aleks is a Boldmethod co-founder and technical director. He's worked in safety and operations in the airline industry, and was a flight instructor and course manager for the University of North Dakota. You can reach him at

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