Mike Stramba CNC3
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05/29/09 11:43 AM
Re: Student Pilot - Landing Problems


One advantage I had was I was flying everyday.

That's a very important point IMO.

Roger, how often are you flying?

If less than twice a week, you might want to augment your training with a flight simulator.

http://www.flightgear.org/ is free, and very good, has a 172 that flies fairly realistically (for a sim) ;)

I also started flight training in "middle age" (44).

It took me "awhile" to learn to land. The first few attempts were ugly, and sometimes scary.

How much ground training re: landings did you get before flying?

In my case, I received almost none, other than "read the flight training manual", and that undoubtedly didn't help my initial progress ... or lack thereof.

After about my 4th or 5th lesson, I was referred to the chief instructor, and in one 15 minute ground session, and two flights around the pattern made all the difference in the world !

For the ground instruction, he showed me a neat trick :

Stand up beside a table top, then gradually sink / squat down while looking down at the table top and observe how it "flattens out" as you get lower. Same visual effect happens while descending in the plane.

He also had me put the nose of the plane in the same attitude during the flare, as it had during takeoff, and hold the nose on the end of the runway, adding back pressure as the speed / altitude decreased.

Here's an interesting take on landings :

"Stick and Rudder: An Explanation of the Art of Flying"
by Wolfgang Langewiesche is a classic "must read" too :)


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