A pilot’s safety is most important

There is a saying that while takeoff is optional, landing is mandatory. Unfortunately, a review of accident statistics indicates that over 45 percent of all general aviation accidents occur during the approach and landing phases of a flight. A closer look shows that the cause of over 90 percent of those cases was pilot related, and loss of control was also a major contributing factor in 33 percent of the cases. While the requirement to maneuver close to the ground cannot be eliminated, pilots can develop the skills and follow established procedures to reduce the likelihood of an accident or mishap. We’ve listed out a few important tips to follow and remember when landing your aircraft. Follow our Facebook page for more tips like this.


#1 Know your airplane before you takeoff

It is always important to know your aircrafts performance and the correct airspeeds and configurations to fly when coming into land. Flying the wrong airspeeds could result in stalling on final descent or a lot longer landing distance.


#2 Know your airport that you are flying into

Every pilot should know how to enter the landing pattern at any airport. They should know if the runways are long enough to safely land and what runways are available, along with any closures at the destination airport.


#3 Get the weather at your destination airport

It is always important to get the weather before reaching your destination airport. You always want to land into the wind to minimize landing distance. It is also important to know of any unsafe weather that could be encountered at the destination including thunderstorms, windshear, strong wind gusts, and low visibility or ceilings.


#4 Know the correct vision stance

During the approach, round out, and touchdown; vision is of prime importance. To provide a wide scope of vision and to foster good judgment of height and movement, the pilot’s head should assume a natural, straight-ahead position. Visual focus is not fixed on any one side or any one spot ahead of the airplane. Instead, it is changed slowly from a point just over the airplane’s nose to the desired touchdown zone and back again. This is done while maintaining a deliberate awareness of distance from either side of the runway using your peripheral field of vision. Accurate estimation of distance is, besides being a matter of practice, dependent upon how clearly objects are seen. It requires that the vision be focused properly in order that the important objects stand out as clearly as possible.


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