How to Sideslip and when to use it

March, 9, 2022 by

Have you ever been controlling and had a situation where you have 2 landing aircraft that don’t have enough spacing?  You’re probably worried that it will cause a go-around.

To avoid a go-around, you can use a technique called sideslipping.This is where you will assign an aircraft a new landing runway.

Some points to keep in mind:

  1. The runways will have to be parallel.
  2. The aircraft cannot be doing an ILS approach when you use this procedure.
  3. All aircraft are VFR when there is no approach frequency active, so if there’s no approach frequency active, you can use it as you’d like to. You can watch the video linked below to learn how to sideslip.
ButterAllDay is a contributor for the IFATC Education Group. He is an IFATC Specialist and Grade 4 pilot. He is a real-world plane spotter.