Lately I have gone to no flap landings (except on short strips), and
I like it pretty well. I usually fly on instrument plans and go
into cities a fair amount, where ATC is always telling me to
expedite my approach and landing. As such, the higher speeds for a
no-flap landing seem to work well in these scenarios. I have also
noticed that I was prone to float when using flaps, and I never have
that problem on my no-flap landings. I will fly my final at 80
knots, and it works pretty well as I keep pulling back on the
throttle until touch down, and I do a better job of landing on the
mains and slowly putting down the nose as well. I also have to do a
fair amount of gusty crosswind landings, and I seem to have better
control on final with the higher airspeeds. Of course, it is all a
matter of personal preference, but I would reccomend trying a few no-
flaps landings and see how you like it. When I do a "regular" flaps
landing for short strips, I do 80 kts on downwind and base, with 70
kts and full flaps on final. My .02

Mark Stuckey
Macon, GA
N5428M






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