AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2020 - 14

LETTERS

FROM OUR OCTOBER 2020 ISSUE

Finish strong
Readers add their own ideas to Ian Twombly's steps for perfect landings
In his October 2020 article
"Strong Finish," Ian Twombly
advocates making a mantra
of the "low-wing" crosswind
approach and landing. Flying
uncoordinated cross-controlled not only unnecessarily
adds to the pilot workload
(especially an inexperienced
one in gusty conditions), as he
notes, but also defies the stabilized approach concept.
In my 40-plus years of
flying, except during private training, I never made an
approach wing-low, be it in a
Cessna 150 or a 767. As an airline instructor pilot I saw many
new-hire pilots with GA-only
experience having difficulty
with crosswind landings,
because they were only taught
the wing-low technique.
Instead of making mantras
out of techniques, we should
educate pilots on the involved
principles and allow experience to help them discover what
technique works best for them.
John Barbas
AOPA 1416542
New Albany, Ohio

I have one point to add: Decide
if you can handle the crosswind
before you attempt to land. On
the last half-mile or so, I hold
the nose firmly on the centerline of the runway. If I cannot
prevent drifting from the centerline with a forward slip and
wings at an angle that would
not drag on the ground during flare, I don't attempt the
landing. If it is a single-runway airport, I head for another
airport. Holding firm to the
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Maintaining the proper approach speed is the
key factor to good landings. It's remarkable how
much more difficult the landings become when
even five or 10 knots fast-not to mention the
effect on landing roll.
Mike Weppner
AOPA 1343943
Gainesville, Virginia

extended centerline is a cardinal rule for me during the
last few hundred feet before
touchdown.
Steve Marcus
AOPA 5154247
Phoenix, Arizona

Witness to change
Thanks so much for publishing
the article about documenting climate change in Alaska. I
had the privilege of flying there
over 20 years ago and even saw

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signs of glacier melting on the
Mendenhall Glacier. But now I
think the pace of melting has
picked up dramatically.
I l i ve i n t h e Pa c i f i c
Northwest and fly volunteer
flights for LightHawk. There
is no better way to observe
climate change and related
issues such as recent extreme
fires than from a small airplane. I encourage all pilots to
report issues relating to climate
change. Maybe AOPA could set
up a special department.
Jane Rosevelt
AOPA 1069038
Lake Oswego, Oregon

Beech meets bird
Thomas B. Haines' article has
similarity to my bird strike
about four years ago, in my RV-4
("Ownership: All Lose When
Beech Meets Bird"). Flying in the
Columbia River Gorge at 2,000
feet, into low morning sun, I did
not see the flock of geese. One
goose out of maybe six didn't
follow the flight leader's instructions and rolled down from
above, striking my right wing.
The yaw was abrupt, but
quickly returned to normal
with only minor correction to
counteract the drag. No noticeable aileron input was needed.
The lack of need for some added
control input really surprised
me once I saw the damage later
on the ground. 
With the RV-4 performing
well, I returned to home base.
The landing was uneventful
and I felt no additional control
input was needed to offset the
drag damage.


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