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ON LANDINGS

FINDING THE SWEET SPOT
BY ED HELMICK
EVERY STUDENT PILOT THAT I HAVE ENCOUNTERED WHO HAS PROBLEMS LANDING THE
AIRPLANE HAS NOT PERFECTED HIS OR HER SKILL AT MANAGING ALTITUDE/AIRSPEED
CONTROL DURING PRACTICE AREA EXERCISES. This skill needs to become intuitive before

entering the airport traffic pattern. It requires flying a rectangular course at a specific
altitude and indicated airspeed, while adjusting for wind drift, descending at a specific
airspeed, and making two 90 degree turns to the extended centerline of the runway as flaps
are added in two, three, or four increments for landing.
TRAFFIC PATTERN SKILLS

For a new student pilot, the airport traffic pattern is a very busy place with a lot to keep
track of. It often can become an overwhelming experience, whether flying at a towered or
nontowered airport. I like to pre-brief and chair fly the pattern with my students. I also like
students to call out the altitude for the crosswind turn, 200 feet prior to the traffic pattern
altitude, and at traffic pattern altitude, base, and final. On base leg and final, I suggest
students ask themselves if they're "high or low, fast or slow" and then take appropriate
action. The entire airport traffic pattern is a demonstration of altitude/airspeed control.

FOR A NEW STUDENT PILOT, THE AIRPORT TRAFFIC
PATTERN IS A VERY BUSY PLACE WITH A LOT TO KEEP
TRACK OF. IT OFTEN CAN BECOME AN OVERWHELMING
EXPERIENCE, WHETHER FLYING AT A TOWERED OR
NONTOWERED AIRPORT.



CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3

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CFI-to-CFI Newsletter—Vol. 10, Issue 3
CFI Notes and letters
CFI Notes: Did You Know? ASI's In-Person Flight Instructor Refresher Course—Then and Now
On landings—Finding the Sweet Spot
Safety Seminar: Difficult Decisions—What Would You Do?
Collected Wisdom: Tricks of the Trade
CFI News
CFI Tips: Maintenance Minded—Get Your Hands Dirty!
ASI Message: We Need Mentors Like You
Real Pilot Story: Backcountry Flight—One Way In, No Way Out
Standards Dissected: ACS Tidbits and Beginnings
Chart Challenge: I Follow Railroads
You Can Fly: The AOPA Flight Training Advantage—Take a Sneak Peek
Safety Quiz: Obstacle Departure Procedure
CFI Tools: Air Masses and Fronts—What Will the Weather Do?
Chief's Corner: Get Excited—Share that Excitement!
Safety Tip: Hot Starts—Demystified
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - CFI-to-CFI Newsletter—Vol. 10, Issue 3
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - CFI Notes and letters
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - CFI Notes: Did You Know? ASI's In-Person Flight Instructor Refresher Course—Then and Now
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 4
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - On landings—Finding the Sweet Spot
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 6
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 7
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 8
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 9
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - Safety Seminar: Difficult Decisions—What Would You Do?
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - Collected Wisdom: Tricks of the Trade
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - CFI News
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 13
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 14
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 15
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - CFI Tips: Maintenance Minded—Get Your Hands Dirty!
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 17
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 18
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 19
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - ASI Message: We Need Mentors Like You
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 21
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - Real Pilot Story: Backcountry Flight—One Way In, No Way Out
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 23
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 24
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - Standards Dissected: ACS Tidbits and Beginnings
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 26
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - Chart Challenge: I Follow Railroads
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 28
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - You Can Fly: The AOPA Flight Training Advantage—Take a Sneak Peek
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - Safety Quiz: Obstacle Departure Procedure
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 31
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - CFI Tools: Air Masses and Fronts—What Will the Weather Do?
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - Chief's Corner: Get Excited—Share that Excitement!
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 34
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - 35
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 10 Issue 3 - Safety Tip: Hot Starts—Demystified
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