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    Happy Landings

    Hello,

    I've owned my Sundowner since January and so far
    landings have ranged from absolutely wonderful to a
    wee bit shaky.

    I was taught to fly the Sundowner 80 mph on final.
    However, I find it difficult to keep this speed to
    flare. The airspeed bleeds off so quickly that I now
    keep 85 to almost 90 on final, making final touch down
    a wee bit faster, possibly too fast. However, I'm
    generally landing on an 8k runway. Yet, I'm not the
    best on shorter runways due to this fact. Any advise
    would be appreciated.

    Perry

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    Happy Landings

    Keep the holy trinity of landings in mind....airspeed, touchdown point,
    centerline control. You can absolutely nail your landing speed and
    still blow the landing.

    Here's the scenario... you're on final, airspeed on the mark and you've
    right on the VASI; but, not focused on your touchdown point. If on
    short final you should decide you want to make the first turn off and
    push the nose more toward the numbers, you're going to have to pull off
    some of the power you're carrying. Depending on how late on final you
    do this, you may not be able to bleed off the extra power and whoola,
    you've blown the landing.

    Example number two. It's a hot day. You've got your touchdown point
    firmly in mind and airspeed nailed. You're traveling over a city on
    final, and as you cross the fence you get a little drop. Remember,
    pavement absorbs more heat than vegetation? You pull up to keep the
    runway in the window, and the result is a loss of airspeed. You counter
    that with power keeping the airspeed on the mark; but now, at touchdown,
    you're carrying way too much power and you bobble down the runway. On an
    8K runway, there is plenty of time to get reestablished on a good glide
    path, and land normally. What if the runway is 3,000' long? Maybe a
    go-around is in order. Your call.

    I've had my beech for a couple years now. I critique the landings that
    aren't perfect and can usually get it back to one of those 3 things.
    Not every landing is a greaser; but,they are all safe. Striving for
    perfection is an excellent value and a value shared by the mass majority
    of the community you're in. Before you get there you have to assess if
    your landings are safe and if not, get some help. Find a good
    instructor, preferably one that has or flies a mouse. I know this is
    obvious; but, then again, it really isn't. Because you can land on that
    8,000' runway...probably 200' wide, you may feel comfortable. How would
    you feel about a 3,000' x 50' runway? With a crosswind? Over a
    standard FAA tree (50')? I was flying my beach long before I could
    comfortably do those things, and in retrospect, wish I got some more
    help. I really limited the airports I would fly into.

    One final comment about landings. Good landings take continuous
    practice. I still need to go out every so often and do nothing but fly
    around the patch doing T&G's, short approaches, speed up approaches,
    etc. When my landings start to get a little sloppy, I can usually go to
    the logbook and see that I haven't done that in awhile. It's usually
    because I've done lots of cross countries or focused on IFR, or some
    other aspect of flying.



    Hopefully, you've gotten something out of this and I'm not just telling
    you something you already know! If I have, a thousand apologies.

    Best regards,


    RJF


    On Tue, 2006-08-22 at 01:08 -0700, Perry Sellars wrote:
    > Hello,
    >
    > I've owned my Sundowner since January and so far
    > landings have ranged from absolutely wonderful to a
    > wee bit shaky.
    >
    > I was taught to fly the Sundowner 80 mph on final.
    > However, I find it difficult to keep this speed to
    > flare. The airspeed bleeds off so quickly that I now
    > keep 85 to almost 90 on final, making final touch down
    > a wee bit faster, possibly too fast. However, I'm
    > generally landing on an 8k runway. Yet, I'm not the
    > best on shorter runways due to this fact. Any advise
    > would be appreciated.
    >
    > Perry
    >
    > __________________________________________________
    > Do You Yahoo!?
    > Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail has the best spam protection around
    > http://mail.yahoo.com
    >
    >
    >
    >



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