Retired Qantas pilot calls for rethink on landing technique

Retired Qantas pilot calls for rethink on landing technique

Retired Qantas pilot calls for rethink on landing technique

On 7 October  2015, on the same occasion as three very worthy winners from Victoria were presented with  the prestigious Australian Flying Magazine / RAeS Wings Awards and receiving his FRAeS Diploma, David then gave a presentation of the Jacobson Flare to the assembled group of key industry representatives.

The January 2016 Newsletter from the Australian Division of the RAeS has now published a most significant ‘landmark’ article, written by Murray Stimson, Chairman Melbourne Branch. Murray has captured the essential theme of the work David has carried out since 1985, namely, to set and demand a much higher standard for training in the landing manoeuvre, world-wide, to reduce insurance claims, runway occupancy times and lost confidence by student (and licenced) pilots and improve flight safety. Far from taking the ‘art’ out of landing, the Jacobson Flare greatly enhances the chances of consistently creating a ‘masterpiece’, with the worst case still resulting in a standard that conventional ‘wisdom’ would find most acceptable.

Peter Bernardi, President of the Peninsula Aero Club at Tyabb, received the award for Aero Club of the Year. The award was made for providing outstanding support, facilities and training to the general aviation community and displaying the highest standards of safety in operations
whilst creating an environment that fosters participation in aviation.

(As it happens, David was a very early flight instructor at PAC, between 1967-69, amassing 500 challenging and enjoyable hours on Austers and Tiger Moths and hundreds more on the C150, C172 and C182. He still has only the endorsment hours on the C337! And Barry Tate, one of David’s early instructors at Civil Flying School, YMMB, is still instructing – at PAC Tyabb.)

The award for Instructor of the Year went to Steve Pearce (above) at Peter Bini Advanced Flight Training, Moorabbin, for outstanding work in the field of flight instruction and the coaching of pilots to obtain higher levels of piloting skills.

The award for Flying Training Organisation of the Year was made to Online Aviation Theory, run by Mr Ron Newman. The award recognised an exemplary contribution to the flying training industry.

The Jacobson Flare, as a minor sponsor of the AFM/RAeS Wings Awards, wishes to congratulate these worthy winners.

We wish to take this opportunity, also, to thank Murray and the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society for their interest and invitation to present and their growing support for the Jacobson Flare. It is, after all, a world-leading technique, conceived at YMMB Moorabbin in 1965, born at the iconic YMPC RAAF Point Cook in 1985 and honed all over Australia, our regional neighbours and around the world, ever since.


Wishing you many safe landings


Captain David M Jacobson FRAeS MAP


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