July 2010 Issue

Botched Bounce

When a bounced landing leads to a prop strike, the only smart thing to do is close the throttles.

When it comes to botched landings, Iíve certainly had my share. In perhaps my worst one, I vividly remember plonking a 182 down on a paved, beachside runway many moons ago. About halfway through a series of six or so times the airplaneís nosewheel contacted the runway, I managed to inform my passengers, "This is the worst landing Iíve ever made." Lucky them. Still, we survived the ordeal, and were able to fly the airplane home later that day.

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