May 2001 Issue

Rock-Solid Arrivals

Weve all heard about stabilized approaches, heres the easiest way to actually fly one

Historically, more incidents and accidents occur during the landing phase of flight than any other time. A look at the numbers shows pilots do a notoriously lousy job of ending their flights.

Overruns, landing short, loss of control on the runway, bounces that collapse landing gear, porpoises that bend firewalls, the list of woes goes on and on. This record points to the importance of increasing landing skills and building your pride in being a proficient pilot.

Although the concept of a stabilized landing approach has been around for 10 or 12 years, how many pilots actually use one? Seldom do I see anyone on a flight review, or checkout who uses the method.

Its often said that...

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