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June 2010 Issue

Saving The Approach

Youíre high and hot, but even in the simplest single you have several tools to help you get down to the runway on-speed and ready to land.

Itís all but settled wisdom that a good landing is always preceded by a good approach. But define good? Does "good" mean you had the numbers nailed from the point you turned into the downwind? Or can you call an approach good if you sailed over the numbers on speed and kissed the pavement to make the first turnoff, even though you started too high and too fast and got behind on flap and gear extension? The second answer is the best one, in our view, because it implies two things: airmanship and judgment. The airmanship part means you have the skill to coax the airplane toward the right speed and attitude to land safely if not prettily. Judgment means you know when youíre too far outside the envelope to even try to salvage an approach.

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