February 2012 Issue
Five Reasons Your Landings Suck
To improve them, pay attention to planning, airspeed, configuration, directional control and your sight picture at various points in the pattern.
Landings are typically the pilots biggest challenge, presenting great frustration when we screw them up even as recognition of doing it right is as rare as $2.00/gallon avgas. Apparently, the act of returning to terra firma is one we simply cant seem to master consistently. One of the reasons is each days conditions are different from the previous flights, and applying what we remember from themif anythingwont always work. Another reason is the pilot may not have enough experience to know how to gauge conditions and modify the pattern and approach to compensate for todays conditions.
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