An amazing video of an Emirates A380 landing in severe crosswinds demonstrates how tough the Airbus superjumbo is.
The Emirates video was uploaded by Airplane Pictures.
Emirates A380 crosswind landing! ✈️ pic.twitter.com/AmDtRyDzFi
— Airplane Pictures ✈ (@ilove_aviation) August 9, 2019
Typically aircraft land and take-off into the wind to decrease the landing or take-off distance.
In some cases aircraft land with a slight downwind component – typically associated with noise-sensitive airports where one runway is preferred over another.
Where a pilot faces a crosswind landing they need to point the aircraft in the direction of the wind while maintaining a straight course toward the runway.
This is called crabbing or yawing.
In strong crosswinds, the pilot may also dip the wing – sideslip – into the direction of the wind.
Just before touchdown pilots apply rudder to bring the plane – and its undercarriage – back so it is aligned straight down the centerline of the runway.
This takes great skill and the results – if not done properly – are often quite spectacular as shown in this video of the Emirates A380.