How to Make Great Landings
Learn the secrets to making outstanding landings which will impress your instructor or passengers.
I'm Brendan Quinn-Narkin, a certificated flight instructor in Northern California.
A number of years ago I developed my own unique flight training video course which has helped over 2,500 student pilots and private pilots across the country.
You can click here to check it out.
From new student pilots through pilots with thousands of hours, we all want to make better landings.
When you end a flight with a lousy landing, well, frankly it's embarrassing.
On the other hand, when you make an ultra-smooth landing, one where the wheels just kiss the runway, that's a great feeling. Not only is it a great feeling, but it will impress your instructor or passengers.
I've put together a PDF in which I share with you all that I've learned about how to make great landings, through more than 18 years as a commercial pilot and flight instructor.
Not only that, I also share with you what I consider to be the best free online courses, articles and videos, on the subject of landings.
Here's what's included:
- How to figure out how many miles away from the airport you should start your descent.
- An article that talks about 10 rules-of-thumb to use when flying. I didn't know about some of these before reading this article. They allow you to make quick calculations in the air, which can be incredibly useful.
- Information from the FAA about airport traffic patterns.
- A chapter from the FAA, covering what you need to know about approaches and landings.
- What you need to do on the downwind, to prepare for landing.
- What you need to do on the base leg and what speed the FAA says you should fly on base.
- What you should do after rolling onto the final approach.
- The importance of picking a target on the runway. As you fly the approach, the distance between your target and the horizon will give you clues about whether you are too high or too low.
- The best way to adjust your speed and glideslope on final approach. Many instructors teach that you should control speed with pitch and altitude with power, but that's only partially correct. I'll explain.
- A great visualization you can use to ensure that you are perfectly lined up with the runway.
- The two methods you can use to correct for a crosswind on final approach. While you can use either method on final, there is just one method you MUST use, just prior to touchdown.
- At what point to start your roundout and why it's useful to think of the roundout as separate from the flare.
- What you should be looking at during the roundout and flare. This is critical, in order to accurately determine your height above the runway. This one tip can transform poor landings into great ones.
- The correct way to use rudder and ailerons during the flare, to ensure that you don't impose a side-load on the landing gear.
- What you need to do with the flight controls after touchdown.
- How to do a Go-Around.
- How to do a forward slip during the final approach, in order to steepen your approach without increasing speed, plus when and how to realign with the runway prior to touchdown.
- How to avoid ballooning during the roundout and flare and what to do if you end up ballooning.
- How to avoid making a bounced landing and what to do if you end up bouncing.
- Porpoising during landing is especially dangerous and can result in damage to the plane. You will watch a video of porpoising during landing which resulted in a prop-strike. You will learn what to do, in order to ensure that you never make this mistake.
- Next I share with you two article about landing, which I find especially helpful.
- Finally, I share with you what I consider to be some of the best videos related to landings.
- In the first video a flight instructor shows you how he makes a series of landings in a Cessna 182.
- You'll then watch another video where a different instructor provides you with his tips regarding landings.
- In the next video a student pilot shows you some of the bad landings he made during his flight training. See if you can tell what he did wrong and how you would correct it. The last landing he shows is actually really good. See if you can figure out the difference in his technique.
- Did you know that a lot of student pilots and private pilots have a tendency to land and roll out on the left side of the runway? This is often caused by an optical illusion. In this video a student pilot shows how he overcame this problem by changing his perspective and what he was looking at during landing.
Better Landings Guaranteed: If you take the time to study the materials I'm sharing with you in this guide, I guarantee that you will improve your landings. If not, let me know, and I will provide you with a complete refund.
Download this guide today, because you will learn valuable tips that you can use to make better landings, and if you don't, it's free.
Brendan Quinn-Narkin CFII