February 2019 Issue

Fixing Your Bounce

A bounced landing isn’t hard to recover, but it’s better to flare slow enough and low enough that it doesn’t happen in the first place.

The primary cause of a bounced landing is flaring too high above the runway, perhaps with too much speed. In our ideal, perfect landing, the airplane will quit flying just inches above the runway. Instead, a bounce results when the flare occurs a few feet above it, and the airplane has the energy—resulting from excess altitude, excess airspeed or both—to rebound back into the air. In any event, a bounce results when the airplane isn’t finished flying.

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