GraemeK Posted October 5, 2009 Share Posted October 5, 2009 My first day back at the controls today after 6 weeks away! And one fairly reasonable landing after a few ordinary ones. So it got me thinking about how we're taught to land. In her excellent blog, DarkSarcasm relates the technique she has been taught (and I've experienced it with the same instructor). Basically, it's control airspeed with power and flightpath with elevator. With other instructors, I've been taught the opposite - ie control flightpath with power and airspeed with elevator. At the end of the day, I think both come down to the same thing - thus by the method I've been taught, if the aiming point is going up the windshield (undershoot) then I apply power to reduce descent rate and backpressure to control speed. By the other method, I would apply backpressure to reduce descent and power to maintain speed. Same result - but the psychology is different. Do people have a preference? I'm inclined to the control flightpath with power and airspeed with elevator approach, because it instills in my mind that the elevator is not necessarily the up/down control (and sometimes I need reminding, for instance when I level off I was inclined to just pull back on the stick and forget that power is needed to arrest the descent). In an emergency, if I was losing height rapidly, I'd like throttle to be my instinctive response rather than hauling back on the stick. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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