crab angle


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crab angle

i. The angle between the aircraft track and the longitudinal axis of aircraft. See crab (vi).
ii. The angle between the aircraft flight line and the fore-and-aft axis of a vertical camera. The latter is in line with the longitudinal axis of the aircraft.
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Our kick-out maneuver ideally will occur as we flare, aligning the nose with the runway centerline, removing the crab angle and touching down all at the same time.
Due to snow piles on the airfield, the FBO employee could not see the takeoff and next saw the airplane airborne with a significant crab angle into the wind, about 40 degrees right of the runway heading.
It looks as though you are well within tolerance for 26; however the visibility and crab angle are making 27R stand out.
And even then, I've come to expect the unexpected: passengers waving a hand in my face after breaking out to point out an airliner on parallel final as I'm establishing my cross-wind crab angle, reading back my landing clearance and keeping my speed below [V.sub.LE].