September 2007 Issue

Letting Down Easy

Proper flight planning is extremely important and a vital component for your safety and the safety of your passengers. Just as we plan the takeoff, climb, cruise and landing phases of flight, we also should be thinking about and planning our letdown. Among the variables to consider are power settings to accommodate our approach profile, airspace or known ATC restrictions, aircraft operating limitations and any weather averse to a smooth, efficient descent. As our letdown continues, we monitor our progress, calculate for time and distance, adjust our plan by jockeying power, pitch and speed. The idea is to complete the flight with a textbook landing so we can score another victory for proper flight planning.

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