July 2001 Issue

Negative Charge

What you know makes what you donít know harder to learn. Got it?

Itís crucial to learn the right habits from your very first flights because they form the foundation of your skills for the rest of your flying career.

When the proverbial fertilizer hits the fan, people tend to revert to their earliest patterns of responses. The problem is, sometimes thatís not the right response.

During a badly bounced landing for example, the pilot has very little altitude and airspeed to use in trying to execute a go around or other recovery. In most aircraft, a go-around requires bringing the nose up to about 5 degrees above the horizon and adding full power.

Thatís apparently what the crew of a Twin Otter tried to do after a bounced landing. This tale isnít...

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