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Piper Tomahawk's In Crosswind Landings

Sun Sep 16, 2001 3:21 pm

Hi all

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


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RE: Piper Tomahawk's In Crosswind Landings

Sun Sep 16, 2001 10:44 pm

I can't answer your question, but there was an article which you may find of interest in the December 1997 issue of Plane and Pilot on the stall and spin characteristics of the Tomahawk.

As you might battle to find a copy of this article now, I can scan and e-mail it to you if you are interested. The file size will be quite large however.

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RE: Piper Tomahawk's In Crosswind Landings

Mon Sep 17, 2001 10:28 am

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...

RE: Piper Tomahawk's In Crosswind Landings

Tue Sep 18, 2001 1:45 am

I have 30 hrs in that airplane. Keeping your approach speed a little higher than normal makes crosswind landings easier. Stall/spin recovery is an issue in that aircraft as well.
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RE: Piper Tomahawk's In Crosswind Landings

Wed Sep 19, 2001 3:12 pm

Thanks guys

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.


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