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Abeam touchdown point: a. prelanding checklist (use the printed checklist, not GUMPS); b. landing gear down — verify “3 green”; c. within white arc — 1 notch flaps; d. fuel pump ON; e. slow and trim for _______ KIAS; f. ” Base Leg 1. Maintain stabilized airspeed; stabilize glide path. 2. Begin descent (add second notch of flaps, as necessary). 3. Descend as necessary 500 – 800 fpm to runway (with airplane always in position to glide, should the engine fail). 4. Maintain airspeed ( _____ KIAS). 5.
In advanced landing lessons, you’ll be landing close to a specific point on the runway. • Touch down in a full stall — touchdown as slow as possible (stall speed). Most bad things that happen during a blotched landing are the result of having too much airspeed at touchdown. This shows that you can sense when the airplane is finished flying. • No side load — the longitudinal axis must be aligned with the direction the airplane is flying; otherwise, you risk structural damage. This demonstrates your ability to compensate for wind.
12. After gear-in-transient light is extinguished, retract flaps one notch at a time. 13. Continue straight track over extended runway centerline until departure turn is initiated. 14. Consider a safe emergency landing area. 15. Maintain directional control, coordination and proper wind drift. 16. Scan for traffic, then initiate coordinated turn. 17. Comply with noise abatement procedures. 18. Initial turn to crosswind 300' below TPA unless ATC requiests or obstacle clearance dictates otherwise.
A-10 Thunderbolt II by Dana Bell