The Jacobson Flare: The elegant simplicity of the safety pin

The Jacobson Flare: The elegant simplicity of the safety pin

The elegant simplicity of the safety pin!

This was the spontaneous description of Captain Glen Adamson, way back in 1987.

While writing my very first Paper on the subject I was researching, I had sought Glen’s advice on the definitions, abbreviations and symbols to be used for my presentation to an aviation symposium. That Paper was very basic, yet his description was and remains very apt, because you’ll finally understand the landing manoeuvre – in just 3 sentences:

  1. Fly an accurate constant-angle eye path to a pre-determined initial aim point – appropriate for the airplane type – at the correct approach speed for the conditions;
  2. Commence the flare when a pre-determined longitudinal cut-off point on the runway centreline – short of the aim point and appropriate for the airplane type – is about to be overflown;
  3. Execute a timed flare, by progressively raising the pilot’s eye path towards a second aim point over 3-4 seconds, while simultaneously reducing power or thrust to idle, as both the flight path angle and rate of descent reduce towards zero.

Obviously, there is much more refinement that is applied to explain the bare principles, above: Everything is fully explained and illustrated in the Jacobson Flare App. Those principles actually take care of many of the variables that have confounded and frustrated student pilots and their instructors at all levels – for over 100 years.

Please investigate further. We are sure you will agree that the Jacobson Flare has the elegant simplicity of the safety pin.


Wishing you many safe landings


Captain David M Jacobson FRAeS MAP


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