Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Greasing It On: 20 Tips To Get ’Er Done
It’s all in the details. And in the pilot’s attitude.
Approach DetailsWe’ve heard it from almost the first time we strapped in on an airplane: "The landing is made in the approach." And although it’s a cliché, as with most clichés, it’s repeated so often because it’s true, so the approach is where the first seeds of our grease job are sown.
1. Plan the approach and fly the plan.
Don’t just reduce the power and start meandering along a vaguely rectangular path that culminates “somewhere” on the runway. Visualize a definite path that ends on a specific spot. Don’t just let the approach happen. Make it happen.
2. Select speed points.
As you visualize the approach, identify specific speeds that you’ll have at specific points. Generally, it’s easier to set up the over-the-threshold speed as you reach your final configuration change and turn final, if not before.
3. Plan the configuration changes.
Don’t throw the gear and/or flaps out at any old time. Plan those the same as you plan the rest of the approach. And do it the same way every time.
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