February 2007 Issue

“New Normal” Landings

Regardless of our performance during the rest of the flight, itís often the landing by which others measure our piloting skills.

Axioms about landing abound in aviation. Sayings such as "flying is the second greatest thrill known to man; landing is the first" and "any landing you can walk away from is a good landing" are among the most popular. You also hear colorful language applied to the landing process: A greaser is good; crow-hopping, porpoising, groundlooping are bad.

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