All posts tagged Landing

White Knuckled Helicopter Landing at Sea

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“Operating helicopters onboard ships is extremely complex, due in part to the difficulty of landing a helicopter on a moving platform, but also due to numerous practical engineering issues.”In what is perhaps the most harrowing helicopter landing I’ve ever seen, test pilots land a Lynx Mark 90B helicopter on a pitching and weaving Knud Rasmussen class Patrol Ship. This is part of a limitations test by Prism Defence, a company specializing in Ship Helicopter Integration.

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Did You Forget How to Land an Airplane?

Any pilot with a few years experience can tell you that good landings come and go. Your landings may be picture-perfect every time, but then you suddenly find yourself in a dry spell. You can’t nail the landing to save your life. It doesn’t matter if you fly every day for a living or if you’re the valiant weekend warrior: we all struggle with this. At times like these, it’s time to get back to basics. Read more…

Have We Been Cleared to Land?

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Operating in and out of towered airports requires a landing clearance prior to touchdown. Pilots do occasionally land without a clearance. Depending on the circumstances, this could become an FAA violation: something every pilot should want to avoid. The solution? Almost every airplane has a built in advisory system to alert the pilot as to the status of his/her landing or takeoff clearance. You just have to know how to use it. Read more…

Just Land the Darned Airplane

Pilots have some sort of machismo complex when it comes to making a smooth landing. I know it feels good to grease it right on the money. Not to mention that the landing leaves a lasting impression on each and every passenger. But a smooth landing is secondary to the primary goal of landing the airplane safely. Gusty winds and high crosswind components can quickly turn a beautiful flare into a scary situation. Best to err on the conservative side: just plant it!  Read more…

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