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Short Field Landing

by Jason Schappert

You want something that’s for sure going to be on your checkride and follow you throughout your flying hobby/career? It’s short field landings! Can you hit a specific point of the runway? You should be able to! :) Check out this weeks video to grab some helpful tips.



Did you enjoy that video? How about checking out a REAL short field landing I did with a student! I’m talking grass strip, 1,800ft, ocean at each end, in a Cessna 182!

Enjoy!



What did you guys think? Leave me a comment below about your tips and experiences.

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  • Peter Bennett

    To me that seemed more like a spot landing demo. How ’bout full flaps, brakes?

  • Que

    I have got to go there!! Great Job on the landing!! Maybe y’all can film the soft feild T-O and post it as well. Jason, you have the best Job in the world.

  • http://pestcemetery.com The Bug Doctor

    Great job! You handled that very well with your student.

  • Aldowns

    No comment on the video but I do have a question abut how you shoot video. I just bought a GpPro2 and the video is great but I have not been able to find out how to connect to the headphone audio. How do you do it? Do I need a special cable?

    Thanks

  • Ray S.

    Jason … That was a great vid for a Short/Soft Field Landing! Thanks!

  • Stearnan7b3

    Is there a combination short/ soft landing or take off. Or, should it be one or the other.

  • http://twitter.com/JasonLeeBee Jason

    Jason,
           With a short field like you domo’d, you stated your airspeed was a little fast, did you raise the nose a bit to slow down and just curious, but what did you land at. 60 ?

    Thanks,
    Jason

  • mzeroa

    Hey Pete! Did you watch the 2nd video on the real short field? We go through that process of Flaps up and “Aerodynamic Braking”

    Jason

  • mzeroa

    Great question!

    And it like you said is really a mesh between the two. In the 2nd video it worked out nice because we used “Aerodynamic braking” (Flaps up, pull back on the yoke) The takes the weight off the nose wheel (the goal of a soft field) and still helps you stop efficiently. 

    Jason

  • mzeroa

    Glad you enjoyed Ray Thanks!

  • mzeroa

    Shoot me an email and I’ll explain my rig

    Jason

  • mzeroa

    Thanks Dude

  • mzeroa

    haha Thanks My Friend! We’re very blessed

    Jason

  • mzeroa

    Absolutely!

    2 options in that situation. Pick up the nose a few degrees or add the extra flaps if you have them.

    When I came across the numbers I was 60 slowing to 55 and touched down right around 55

    Jason

  • Mscottfl

    Ha! Salty approach. This is in my back yard, I always wanted to land there

  • Brad

    I wish I had a nickel for every time my dad told me “airspeed control” that and “trim is your best friend”, I’d be a rich man.

  • mzeroa

    hahah You’re very correct Brad! 2 phrases that can take you far in aviation

  • mzeroa

    Awesome dude

  • Rodneyaces

    i so wish i could do my flight training with Jason!

  • Cyclefiend1123

    Hey Jason, Yeah the short field landing was my nemesis during the checkride.  I blew it not just once, but twice.  So guess what, I got to fly my DPE around the patch a second time…two weeks later.  I nailed it that time, and have my ticket to prove it!  In no small part due to the helpful material on MzeroA.com.

    The trick is that short field landings are very sensitive to headwind.  To the point where a headwind seems to make the short field landing a bit easier. I carry a little power as I level off, when my nose passes the landing point I cut power and it drops the foot or so to the tarmac like right now. Bam, its nailed.  

    However, if no tailwind, I don’t carry any power and focus like a laser beam ahead of the landing point.  If I’m coming in a little short I’ll add throttle to make the  point.  What makes it difficult with no headwind is judging when to cut throttle.  Too soon and I’m in the dirt, too late and the numbers are behind me.

  • Cyclefiend1123

    Hey Jason, Yeah the short field landing was my nemesis during the checkride.  I blew it not just once, but twice.  So guess what, I got to fly my DPE around the patch a second time…two weeks later.  I nailed it that time, and have my ticket to prove it!  In no small part due to the helpful material on MzeroA.com.

    The trick is that short field landings are very sensitive to headwind.  To the point where a headwind seems to make the short field landing a bit easier. I carry a little power as I level off, when my nose passes the landing point I cut power and it drops the foot or so to the tarmac like right now. Bam, its nailed.  

    However, if no tailwind, I don’t carry any power and focus like a laser beam ahead of the landing point.  If I’m coming in a little short I’ll add throttle to make the  point.  What makes it difficult with no headwind is judging when to cut throttle.  Too soon and I’m in the dirt, too late and the numbers are behind me.

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