The Jacobson Flare
'Simple, Unassailable Aerodynamic Logic'
Discover the missing link in airplane landing technique
Since the first flight, pilots have pursued the elusive, consistently perfect landing. ‘What’ to do is generally understood. However, the ‘where’, ‘when’ and ‘how’ are missing from traditional landing training.
The Jacobson Flare technique is the quantifiable explanation of what pilots have been trying to achieve by feel and guesswork, with varying results, for over 100 years. It enables pilots to define and execute an accurate eye path – from final approach to touchdown.
Developed by former Qantas Airways Captain David Jacobson over the course of an impressive career in aviation , The Jacobson Flare promises better landings – every time.
NEW! App for iPad
Download now on the App Store - a new 300 slide interactive app with vital aim point and flare point calculator tools.
Conventional Flare Practice Examined
Our detailed analysis of the conventional flare reveals critical deficiencies. Now learning to land has a tangible skill-set delivering accuracy, consistency and predictability.
The Actual Flight Path Angle
Discover why the concept of using height alone as the basis for commencing a flare is flawed, mathematically.
Introducing The Jacobson Flare:
Using familiar triangulation principles, knowing when to flare is no longer a guess – it’s simply calculated and fully visible to the pilot!
Flying a Constant Angle Path
Learn how to select and hold an aim point – aiming the airplane just like a rifle.
Good Landings Rarely Follow Bad Approaches
A stable approach is paramount - for safety, aim point stability and passenger comfort.
Expansion Pattern as a Cue to Flare:
The familiar expansion pattern (or motion parallax) can now be utilised to much greater advantage. Learn why.
The 4-Second flare
Interactive in-app slides reveal real-time 1-second runway distance increments, defining the entire flare manoeuvre from the flare point through to touchdown.
B777-300ER Simulator KLAX 25L Los Angeles Ca USA
Six video clips with detailed captions clearly demonstrate the Jacobson Flare applied to a wide range of airplane sizes.
Comprehensive Reference Section Included
Review international runway markings and their variants. ILS, PAPI and T-VASIS approach slope indicator systems, plus more.
The Jacobson Flare App
a reference tool for every pilot
The Jacobson Flare App for iPad explains the geometric structure that defines the eye path, underpinning the pilot skills necessary to ensure consistently smoother landings. With intuitive navigation, comprehensive instruction and a visually engaging format, the app is an essential reference tool whether you’re a student, recreational pilot, professional civil pilot, military pilot or an aviation enthusiast.
Once you’ve learned this universal landing technique, you can apply the principles from one airport to another, during day and night and on your next larger (or smaller) airplane endorsement.
Hear David discuss
How The Jacobson Flare can improve your landings
Box Hill Institute Video Presentation
Box Hill Institute, Melbourne Australia Video Presentation
Watch now on YouTube
The Finer Points Aviation Podcast
The Finer Points Aviation Podcast
Presented by Jason Miller.
‘What if the World was Round?’ – The Jacobson Flare
The Jacobson Flare App for iPad
“I am a happy customer of your iPad app and first off would like to extend my thanks for the beautiful and intuitive design as well as the most useful content. All of the instruction I received on how to land has been very ad hoc, but having a degree in math, it’s clearly a geometrical problem, which you so eloquently solved and explicated in your app.
- Dmitry Dakhnovsky, PPL, San Francisco, CA, USA
“I believe this is the most comprehensive landing training package available. As we continue to regularly see landing incidents in all facets of aviation, this has to be an opportunity to consistently achieve the landing outcome desired.”
- Alan Cheers, Captain B737, Melbourne, Australia
“I thank you for your amazing explanation of the technique of flaring, a crucial few second duration manoeuvre which occupies such a small portion of any flight but has the ability to either give us a great sense of pride if pulled off well or embarrassment, frustration and disappointment if not. Thanks for such a great tool.”
- Mike Bernays, QLD, Australia
“This has the elegant simplicity of the safety pin!”
- Glen Adamson, Captain DC-9, Australian Airlines Ltd
“Simple Unassailable Aerodynamic Logic”
- John Chesterfield AM MRAeS (Air Commodore RAAF, Retired)
“It is indeed a valuable addition to any pilot’s flight bag. The app is, quite literally, a work of art in itself. But the most important part is the message it carries. I recommend this app to any pilot who wants a greater understanding of the landing manoeuvre.”
- Captain Gary Gould, Captain A380, Sydney, Australia
”The Jacobson Flare App is one of those aids that make life easier. Everyone says that mastering the landings was the hardest part of learning to fly. Do it the Jacobson Flare way, and they won't be.”
- Marc Santacroce, San Francisco, CA, USA