Post by dirtydog1006 on Jan 7, 2011 15:41:57 GMT -5
While I like tricky IFR stuff in the dead of rainy nights (not saying I'm good at it) I am at heart a touch&go, bounce&blow, crash&dash sort of guy. Most of my simming is geared to as many T&G as I can get into the time I have. A good landing makes me happy for hours! I take her up only so I can bring her back down (well, not always, but often).
Starting three weeks ago, I had a week where I was a magician about landings. No idea why, but I could not do anything wrong: on center line, near the numbers, gentle kiss on the pavement. First turnout? No problem. Now that seems like a gift from Santa, because for the past two weeks I SUCK at landings! I HAVE NO IDEA WHY!!!!!! I am setting up the ship the same way, into the same airports, everything seems the same, except the result. I am floating and/or off the center line andor making dents in the airports.
I apologize to every Southwest crew I have ever ridden with.
YARGHGHGHGHGHGHGHG! Thanks, I just had to complain.
Post by Tom Goodrick on Jan 8, 2011 9:14:32 GMT -5
I suspect George is onto something. Blame it on the turkey. There are several steps you can take to keep landings within a small range of variation. You are aware of most but I'll mention them:
1) Stick to one aircraft for a while. 2) Stabilize airspeed and attitude well before the end of final. 3) Use consistent visual cues if possible. 4) Practice on runways of different length and width (with same aircraft).
Try logging each landing: aircraft, airport/runway, airspeed, rate, weight, CG, flight time, wind, visibility, etc. Have a little piece of a spreadsheet you can pull up to record the values directly.
But if you get a case of rocky landings, just forget about it for awhile - if not a crash, it's a good landing!
Post by Tom Goodrick on Jan 8, 2011 10:30:04 GMT -5
Here are some examples from my landing logs. You will note that I do not work very hard for a smooth landing. As a matter of fact, my worst landing, in the T-33, came because I held off too long trying for a "good" landing!
In my case, when you see several landings of the same plane, they may not be consistent because I am changing things in the FD files between landings.
I'll have more from my laptop computer. The ergonomics are best with the desktop computer. With the laptop, the joystick is on an end table next to my reclined loveseat. Performing the flare is a little constricted. Most of my flying is without use of the joystick (except for the pitch trim button).
One thing I have been doing in the last few months is to make short flights between near-by airports rather than always flying circuits at the home base (KHSV for me). KBHM is Birminigham, 8A1 is Guntersville. You have to move the tower to study the landing at an airport other than where you took off. But you can set up flights like this.
I had moved the T-33 to the laptop along with the other military trainers but had not recorded a landing. The average looked better than on the desktop unit so I thought I'd better do a landing in the T-33. Aircraft you might not recognize are the WW2 - Westwind 2, the B787 is the Boeing Dreamliner; the G100 is the Gulfstream G100 version of the IAI Astra SPX that Allen Peterson fixed up after I abandoned it for excessive oscillation abobe 35,000 ft. All others have my FD. Note the Goodyear Blimp makes soft landings.