- Oct 30, 2003
- Plant City, Fl
- Total Flight Time
Oh Jim I agree when I was training that’s how Dad and Steve taught me to do it. I’m talking when I had over a hundred TO and landings under my belt. I saw Dad do what I described and asked him how to do it. He talked me through it. It took a different level of skill. From then on when I would do touch and go’s I would never let the nose wheel touch. One time I was bored and went upwind and downwind on the taxiway balancing I was surprised I could still do it without letting the nose or tail wheel touch. Not once unless I wanted them to.I appreciate what you're saying Mike. As an instructional point however, I much prefer the way Bobby has demonstrated this landing.
When the groundspeed is zero, the stick is full aft, and the nose wheel drops on its own, the touchdown phase of the flight is finished. Of course, we still have to manage the rotor, but the landing itself is essentially over.
Too many folks touch down with some forward speed then immediately start a takeoff roll. Most of the time nothing bad happens. But by doing it the way Bobby has demonstrated, variables are reduced, and, in my opinion, safety is enhanced.