QFTJT From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 278 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3377 times:
I am currently learning in a Piper Tomahawk and have 26 hours. Yesterday I found it very hard to land it nicely in a small crosswind. I have got a over 5 hours experience in Tomahawks and have 1-hour command. This has confused me as a have done most of my training in a Cessna 150 and landed in a 15 direct crosswind and found it ok.
What are your thoughts and experiences in Tomahawks PA-38-112 in crosswind landings, personally I find the Cessna 150/2 easier to maintain directional control down the runway
ChrisHabgood From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3307 times:
Do you have much piper experience other than the tomahawk??
I had a problem with the Archer/arrow/warrior, but you have to make sure your speed is on target when landing.
The low wing planes tend to float substantially longer if the speed is a little high than with a high wing plane.
Try keeping your speed a little tighter and try not to make it a pretty landing which causes planes to float longer than normal.
When dealing with crosswinds it is mandatory that you make a decision to land and not to hold the airplane off because(of my experience) it just prolongs the agony of the landing, which if it a strong crosswind and you are not very experienced, then you can have a monster to deal with...
QFTJT From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 278 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3269 times:
I keep that in mind next time. the Tomahawk is the only piper i have flown. I have the majority of my hours in C-150/2, and landed those in a direct 15kts crosswind from the right. What is it like to spin a Tomahawk, i've tryed stalling it without any trouble? I plan to do all my Navigation lessions in it and build up some hours for my commercial.