What is a demonstrated crosswind component? Is it possible to land in a crosswind greater than the demonstrated crosswind component? Is it safe to?
Is it just my imagination, or is it a fact that many large airliners actually touch down "crabbed" on difficult crosswind landings? Here's what I mean: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtnL4KYVtDE (watch at 01:10) Or this: Is the main landing gear specifically designed to allow this? Is it recommended or discouraged by the manufacturer?
Suppose the max crosswind rated for my C-182 is 15kts, but the wind is directly across and gusting to 20kts. Is it legal for me to go? I've heard plenty hangar flying stories of many an operation that exceeds the design specifications of certain planes that end successfully.