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Thursday, August 04, 2005
I have seen several good and bad flight landings and in a way every landing is an experience by itself. Philip Greenspun writes the Toronto airbus accident will underscore the important point that a pilot should never commit to a landing. There is a temptation in aviation, especially after a long flight, to conduct the approach and landing as though it is inevitable that the plane must continue to descend and stop on the runway. Unless run out of gas or suffered some sort of catastrophic engine failure in a single-engine plane, Philip, an avid flyer highlights, there is nothing inevitable about continuing the approach and landing. A pilot can at any time make the decision to add power and go around. He points out that the airlines have rules about stabilized approaches.The plane should be at the right airspeed, at the right position laterally and vertically, at the right descent rate, and configured for landing when it is still about 1000' above the runway.If not within tolerances, the pilots are directed to go around and, at least in training, they always adhere to these rules.
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