John O'Shaughnessy [FCM]
(Top Gun)
05/20/09 09:33 PM
Re: Student Pilot - Landing Problems

Greetings,

You are describing one of the areas of instruction that is very difficult to do without practice, and just getting a feel for what is happening. In addition to Gil's good advice, I have one additional suggestion:

Work with your instructor to separate tasks. If you are focusing on your alignment with the runway (rudders) before you have figured out the right pitching motion in the flare, your brain is trying to do two different things at once. Learn one skill first, perhaps by asking your instructor to assist with the runway alignment while you focus on the flare, or have the instructor focus on the flare while you work on runway alignment with the rudders.

Once you have each task figured out separately, then combine them.

Good Luck! I have a student that is a few weeks away from facing this very issue :)

John



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