Landing technique comes naturally for some and for others it takes a few extra hours. In the video below I’m going to take you on an instructional flight I did so you can watch first hand how I teach landings and work with students to help them succeed.
Hey everyone, Jason Schappert of MzeroA.com, sharing something with you today something that is very near and dear to my heart… and that is teaching students proper landing technique.
A lot of students come in, they are frustrated because their landing are not up to par. You know, thankfully, I can come in there and help them with their landings, get them up to snuff and get them soloing in just a couple of days. That’s something that I’m real passionate about, making people safer pilots but these techniques I’ve developed and I’m gonna share with you guys in this video. We caught everything on camera. So this video is quite exciting.
So I was flying with one of my students and she was really struggling with landings. She had started flight lessons with her brother and they both wanted to solo on the same day. So, we’re working real hard to get her ready to solo but things just weren’t clicking. So what we did is a technique I didn’t come up with, it’s just something flight instructors use,and maybe is something that you could encourage your instructors to try if landings are not working out for you.
What we did is that we did our approach just as we normally did…that’s how this video is gonna start out when you see the live footage. Except when it came down to landing, we just did slow flight literally down the landing. I don’t really call it a landing flare, here in the video I call it transition because that’s what it is.
We’re coming in to land and we don’t really flare. The Space Shuttle flares. The Boeing 777 flares. The Cessna 150 does not have a lot of flare, it has more of a transition. We’re bringing it down, we’re holding it off the runway with a little bit of nose-high attitude to bleed off that airspeed and let the wheels set themselves down.
Now, it’s important to identify what I’m referring to as that transition area. That’s why I have students fly down the runway in that slightly nose-high attitude with the wheels just off down that ground. You’re in that transition area, and just commit that sight picture down to memory down that 4,000-foot runway. Go somewhere there’s a larger runway if you need one.
Just fly it, slow flight down the entire runway. Flaps, everything… you just need to add a little bit of power to do that and hold it right there. Play with the rudders. See what centerline looks like. See how that airplane feels in that transition area, in that ground effect because that’s what it is. Commit that picture to memory. It’s gonna be the most important thing you can do.
So, you can use your eyes. You’re looking down that runway. You’re not looking right off that cowling. You’re not looking so far down that runway though. You’re kinda looking at, maybe a hundred feet, 50 feet off the cowling before centerline strikes ahead.
So let’s go ahead and go to that video clip of my student and I doing that slow flight down the runway.
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Alright, so I hope this video has given you some good ideas and you’ve learned some key points, some things that you can go out there and do. You’ve heard us talking a lot about managing your airspeed, keeping the nose coming down for that positive airflow. There’s a lot that goes into it. You gotta have that perfect approach to have that perfect landing.
Okay? But I really encourage you to start with your landings, to get out there, do that slow flight down that runway. Do it a couple of times, in this case we only did this once. It may take you a couple of times. Really commit that sight picture to memory. You may need to try something different. Just getting out there and beating up the traffic pattern is not always going to work.
You can’t keep learning the same wrong thing over and over and over because you’re gonna commit that to memory unfortunately. Do everything right. That way, that muscle memory, that visual memory… you’re gonna commit all of that and learn all of it so much better than learning poor landings.
So get out there, try something different, try that slow flight down that runway. Manage your airspeed, really manage your approach and most importantly guys, remember, a good pilot is always learning.
You guys have any questions, I’d love to talk with you. Leave me a comment below and you know you’ll get a response from me assuming this is on MzeroA.com. I can’t guarantee comments if you’re on another video site watching this but if you’re on MzeroA.com watching this video, you’ll for sure get a response from me.
Hey guys, a good pilot is always learning, catch you guys later. See ya.