Max demonstrated for the ERJs I fly is 30 kts. I've came close, but never exceeded that xwind component.
|Quoting Vio (Reply 5):|
Most airports that have jets coming into them have more than one runway
Interestingly, although most large airports do have cross runways they seem to use them a lot less frequently than smaller airports. Generally, big airports have a lot of parallels and don't use their cross runways. Normally, large aircraft can handle most of the xwinds encountered, so having cross runways is more important for light aircraft that might not be able to get down in 25+ xwind components.
|Quoting SlamClick (Reply 7):|
Big problem with nearing the published limits is that the atmosphere is a pretty chaotic place. The reported wind, even the peak gust can be exceeded where you are trying to land at any moment and without any warning.
Well said! When I was flying light aircraft I didn't go out when it was gusting over 30 even straight down the runway. Strong winds can shift so quickly that you can go from perfectly in command to fighting for control in a second. That's not fun when you're 50 feet above the runway.
|Quoting Stoicescu (Reply 9):|
On the airplane I fly a Piper Warrior II the maximum crosswind component is 17 kts however here the weather is not very stable and my instructor told me that he had to land from time to time in 20+ crosswind.
I did most of my instructing (and light aircraft flying) in Pipers. I absolutely love those things. I never feel quite as comfortable slipping a Cessna in, but you can set a cherokee on the wing, mash the rudder and bring it down in a pretty darn strong xwind. I can't even remember what's the strongest I brought it down in, but a cherokee will happily (but usually not prettily) land with a 20+ xwind with a little coaxing. I remember one late afternoon coming in with a commercial student in an Arrow (max demonstrated 17 kts). The ATIS said the winds were directly 90 degrees to the runway, but steady at 16 kts, so no problem taking that runway. My student was a young lady that was easily the best stick-and-rudder student I ever had, so I was surprised that she seemed to be putting some serious effort into the landing. As we turned off the runway, the tower informed us that the winds were 90 degrees to the runway at 24 knots when we landed. I definitely would have encouraged her to take the cross runway if I had known, but she managed to land it on the centerline just fine at over the max demonstrated. Again, as others said....it's absolutely possible to land over the max demonstrated, but generally inadvisable unless you are very familiar with the aircraft and your own abilities. It's not something I would do if I had other options, and the times I have done it I was prepared and willing to do a go-around or two or three (followed by diversion) if necessary.
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