“We’ve always done it this way!” Part 1 – 7 June 2016
We don’t start aero engines as we did, back in 1918. In fact EVERYTHING in aviation has progressed since then – EXCEPT training technique for the manual landing flare manoeuvre. It’s still taught by trial and error. Many pilots remain underconfident and those who are confident still cannot describe HOW they land. ‘You just get the hang of it!’, ‘Cross my fingers’ or ‘Stuffed if I know!’ are very common responses.
The most dangerous phrase in the language is ‘WE’VE ALWAYS DONE IT THIS WAY!’
In 1987, I developed the world’s first and only universal, quantifiable and consistent approach and landing training technique – a solution to a problem that is not even acknowledged or understood by the aviation industry, TO THIS DAY. Unfortunately, even for such an innovative company, the Cirrus Landing Standardization Course fails to offer any fresh enlightenment, from what has been taught, historically. The silence around the subject of the flare is deafening. Check any manual or textbook.
Then ask your instructor about the Jacobson Flare: You’ll see what I mean, when most either haven’t heard of it, or haven’t ever tried to understand it. Those many instructors who have understood the problems of landing training have had no trouble embracing the Jacobson Flare themselves and introducing it to their students at any level.
The sole basis of my life’s work on this project has been consistent: to IMPROVE FLIGHT SAFETY.
Briefly, conventional techniques require a critical, visual estimation of vertical height to commence the flare. This estimation is subject to many errors and these vertical errors compound 20 times one way, or the other, longitudinally, on the runway. The surface of the airstrip (grass or gravel) or the centreline of a sealed runway is utilised to take advantage of a simple visual fix for the flare point. This creates a flare point which is visible (instead of a guess), tolerant of error (any longitudinal error diminishes 20 times, vertically) and consistent in its results. The technique is easily transferred to, and has been proven by many pilots on, a wide range of aircraft types, from sailplanes to the A380.
If you are seeking some fresh information on landing issues, different from the unquantifiable and inconsistent results you may have experienced; if perhaps you’ve realised that you were never actually taught HOW to land, but just WHAT to do; if you have always felt that there had to be a better way to teach, to understand and to learn HOW to land an airplane, WITHOUT having to ‘getting the hang of it’, on every successive airplane conversion; THEN:
Please view the wealth of information on this website: www.jacobsonflare.com/ and check the Jacobson Flare App for the iPad available on the iTunes App Store.