crab angle


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crab angle

The angle between the aircraft track or flight line and the fore and aft axis of a vertical camera, which is in line with the longitudinal axis of the aircraft.
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If you try, I recommend holding a crab angle all the way into the flare and then kicking out the crosswind correction.
It's generally an easier maneuver to fly than when using the wing-low, sideslip technique, but doing it well requires us to accurately gauge when we need to straighten out the airplane and align it with the runway centerline, "kicking out" the crab angle, as it's known.
Consider it this way: Due to the crab angle we must fly to get to our destination in a stiff crosswind, the pointy end of the airplane is not pointing in the direction we want to go over the ground (the course).