Tips to improve your airplane landingsMarch 11, 2019
Whether you are a current pilot student or you’ve already got you licence, there is always room for improvement, and especially when it comes to airplane landing skills.
The frustration of bouncing or ballooning on the runway when doing a landing can be quite common for pilots with several of flight hours in their log book, but also for those who are still doing training. Our Panamedia flight school counts with numerous experienced instructors and many facilities and simulators which will help you to improve this skill.
Are you ready to master the aircraft landings? Here are some of our top tips.
- Focus on the runway
We recommend to keep your eyes on the end of the runway when you are close to land, this will give you a sense of the height above the ground and overall ensure a greater landing. The goal is to decrease the decent rate and reduce the speed during the round out, and by focusing on 3-4 centreline stripes down the runway it will give you an accurate sight picture. Let the runway come to you, and remember: eyes on the prize!
- Use your rudder
Feeling confident with the rudder is crucial for a crosswind approach and landing. For training, we recommend carrying out a side slip by lowering the upwind wing into the wind to keep within the runway centreline. Simultaneously, apply just enough opposite rudder to align the longitudinal axis of the aircraft and the runway centrelines.
- Correct speed
There is no doubt that a correct speed is key for a good landing, which means that the aircraft needs to be correctly set up and stabilised when you reach the runway. Don’t get temped to race in and focus on your aircraft by making sure you hit the appropriate approach speed, reducing it as you should be will definitely lead to a much smoother landing. Nail your speed on the final approach!
- Practice makes perfect
It is completely natural and normal that the first couple of landings won’t be as smooth and perfect as you want them to be, which is why it is key to practice them whenever you can. Landings can become a lot trickier during complicated weather conditions such as wind or rain, but it is the perfect chance to improve your skills but also improve your confidence, and you won’t fear those weather conditions anymore! Master the landing technique definitely comes with practice.
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