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    In big airplanes we don't change flap settings on the runway. It takes them too long to move.

    You are correct that power mostly controls your landing approach.

    Many a student pilot and even a few experienced ones have tried to correct a shallow approach by pulling the nose up.

    If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

    by Major Kong on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 10:35:26 AM PDT

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    •  Yeah, that doesn't usually work too well. (5+ / 0-)

      I admit to being guilty to making SMALL pitch adjustments in my practiced landings, but if you try to use pitch for primary airspeed control, of course, you'll probably hop the plane, and if you do it TOO much, you'll hop it - then stall it.  Instant crash.

      A lot of the trick of landing is being in the right configuration and glidepath well before you reach the runway, because in a jet especially, power adjustments are sloooooow.

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