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Jul 30, 2016   /   supportflight   /   2   /   586
Flying: What is your practice in landing

Hi there,

Here is discussion regarding a way you land an airplane.

During training, I have been learend to land an aircraft with stall warning just before touchdown. It means that warning should produce sound prior touching the runway.

I know that this way is useful when landing on short runways, so you have the lowest touchdown speed, but what is your practice?

Some of the instructors I have talked to, have said "no, without stall warning, never do that" but others agree to land with stall warning to beep before touch. 

What are your opinions?


2 replies
baronpilot   /   one year ago

I never land with the stall warning screaming. I also don't fly into runways that I need to be concerned about landing distance. At least not to the point that a few knots will make the difference.

llamasquishy   /   one year ago

My best advice would be to do exactly what your instructors tell you. Some of them will have conflicting opinions sometimes and you have to choose which advice to side with, but most of them know what they're doing. My instructors taught me to stall the plane onto the runway. Even though it's not how I do it all the time now as a Private Pilot, I understand why they teach it that way. The way I see it, if you know how the plane reacts when you stall it onto the runway, you know how it will react when you stall the aircraft inadvertently at a low altitude, and you will know how to react. I have lots of solo time now and I eventually taught myself how to land without stalling onto the runway. Now, it is all situational for me. If I have passengers with me, I like a softer landing, so I land at a slightly higher airspeed and just make the landing roll a little longer. If I'm flying solo and I want to make an early exit off the runway, or if I'm performing a short-field landing, I'll land at the airspeed recommended in the POH with at least 10-20 degrees of flaps so that I can make my exit. Of course, be sure to plan all of this while you are conducting your approach, not on short final. A good approach will lead to a good landing, while a bad approach will almost always lead to a not-so-great landing.

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