Handling the big jets

D.P. Davies – 'Handling the Big Jets'  

Handling the Big Jets

D.P. Davies ‘Handling the Big Jets‘, 1967 wrote, “The only manoeuvre left worth doing, the only manoeuvre calling for any real native flying skill, is the landing.”

A big subject posed by many pilots for many years. And one of the biggest questions is now answered clearly and simply, in the Jacobson Flare ESSENTIAL App for iPad, available now on the App Store.

This underscores the fact that the landing flare is one of the last critical phases of flight to which the term ‘seat-of-the-pants’ may still be applied and might just explain why it has long-been regarded as an art. You can test this by asking any pilot a very simple question: “How do you land your airplane?”

A quite common initial response, even from highly experienced pilots, is a nervous giggle, frequently followed by an inadequate throw-away line such as “Stuffed if I know”, “I just keep my eyes closed and hope for the best” or “You just get the hang of it”.

While most aviation subjects and manoeuvres are clearly defined, such responses suggest strongly that the technical aspects of the landing flare manoeuvre are not.

Strangely, most attempts at a factual description fall very short, because they do not explain HOW to land. They only suggest WHAT to do. Sadly, the subject is possibly the most neglected in aviation, as inaccurate and inadequate practices have merely been recycled.

To really understand how to land any airplane consistently well, let alone explain this to a student pilot, a pilot must be able to answer:

1. Where to aim?

2. How to aim?

3. When to commence the flare?

4. How much to flare?

5. How fast to flare (flare rate)?

Until 1987, not one of these questions had been answered, definitively.

Since 1965, David Jacobson has researched, compiled and developed a comprehensive approach and landing training technique. Now, proven and well established, the Jacobson Flare is the unique and quantifiable explanation of what pilots have been trying to achieve by ‘feel’ and guesswork, with varying results, for over 100 years. This technique is equally suitable for all airplanes, from learning on the smallest training airplanes through to handling the big jets.

Perhaps the three best descriptions come from highly experienced professional pilots: “the greatest single advance in flying training in many, many years and represents simple unassailable aerodynamic logic”, “this is probably what we have all been trying to do all these years”, and “the elegant simplicity of the safety pin“.

Handling the Big Jets – or any airplane, actually – need no longer rely solely on ‘real native flying skill’.

Featured originally, as a ‘Best New App’ in 2014, the Jacobson Flare ESSENTIAL App for iOS devices is available world-wide.

Suitable for pilots at any level of experience, it presents the Jacobson Flare clearly and comprehensively, as never before. Now, the question, “how to land a plane?”, can be answered factually and with complete confidence, by any pilot.

JF App: for iOS

On the App Store 

Would you care to experience that unsurpassed sense of accomplishment, derived from executing consistently beautiful landings, more often?

For starters, Download the FREE Jacobson Flare LITE pdf , our no fuss/no frills introduction. Here we demonstrate, step by step, the application of the Jacobson Flare on a typical grass airstrip at Porepunkah, YPOK.


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Then download the complete Jacobson Flare ESSENTIAL App – for iOS. You’re already possibly paying $300+/hour to hire an aeroplane: You’ll recover the cost of the app, in just ONE LESS-NEEDED CIRCUIT. Moreover, you’ll have an invaluable reference tool, throughout your entire life in aviation.

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