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Planning the final-approach commences at the end of it… NOT the start
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Planning the final-approach commences at the end of it… NOT the start

From the time that a student pilot 'escapes' the familiar bounds of the circuit area of his or her 'home' airfield, a new challenge (among many...
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Two pilots dressed for a fancy-dress party, in a cow-suit .. or .. What controls what, on final?
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Two pilots dressed for a fancy-dress party, in a cow-suit .. or .. What controls what, on final?

Do you know why some pilots still try to fly a final approach using the SECONDARY effects of the PRIMARY flight controls? Neither do we!...
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Simple triangulation means that the Jacobson Flare self-corrects for just about everything: Does yours?
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Simple triangulation means that the Jacobson Flare self-corrects for just about everything: Does yours?

The innovative and long-proven Jacobson Flare owes its 1965 inspiration to the famous 1943 RAF 617 Sqn 'Dambusters'. Critical to the accuracy of Barnes Wallis's 6-ton...
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“I’ve just lost my treasured aviation job: What do I do, now?”
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“I’ve just lost my treasured aviation job: What do I do, now?”

Happy New Year 2021 to all of our friends and supporters around the world. Thanks to the current and unrelenting Covid-19 pandemic, the world is...
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Generation Next: Part 2  The Jacobson Flare was to be standardised at Soar Aviation, but … *
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Generation Next: Part 2 The Jacobson Flare was to be standardised at Soar Aviation, but … *

Following on from our last post, Generation Next, which highlighted a group of young aviators, comes another exciting story with amazing potential for Australian Aviation. This...
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Generation Next and the Jacobson Flare: Australian Flying Magazine – Nov/Dec 2020
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Generation Next and the Jacobson Flare: Australian Flying Magazine – Nov/Dec 2020

From the earliest stages, back in 1985-87, David Jacobson has shared all aspects of the development of the Jacobson Flare, with as many students, pilots,...
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Inviting Expressions of Interest: FREE Jacobson Flare Zoom Meetings with Captain David Jacobson
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Inviting Expressions of Interest: FREE Jacobson Flare Zoom Meetings with Captain David Jacobson

The Covid 19 world pandemic has prompted the widespread application of meeting apps, such as Zoom and this has prompted an immensely practical idea -...
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Where? + How? + When? + How much?  +  How fast? = the 5 Simple Keys to the Jacobson Flare
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Where? + How? + When? + How much? + How fast? = the 5 Simple Keys to the Jacobson Flare

Our www.jacobsonflare.com home page describes The Jacobson Flare: Precisely. In just 3 simple sentences: 1. The Jacobson Flare uses a logical, geometric visual 'framework' to...
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To learn something new, we may have to un-learn something old …
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To learn something new, we may have to un-learn something old …

"To learn something new, we may have to un-learn something old ..." I was reminded of this intriguing thought, in a recent conversation with my...
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I learnt more about flying from that … from an Australian B737 Captain
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I learnt more about flying from that … from an Australian B737 Captain

"I learnt more about flying from that experience ... We were arriving in Brisbane from the South for runway 19L via the STAR and the...
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‘Mud or Mustard’ : by former Sqn Ldr Ralph Petritsch, F-18A Fighter Combat Instructor RAAF
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‘Mud or Mustard’ : by former Sqn Ldr Ralph Petritsch, F-18A Fighter Combat Instructor RAAF

You may well ask what the term ‘Mud or Mustard’ has to do with flying? It does, in fact, have everything to do with being...
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FAQ #6 Update: Landing by night – just as by day – the Jacobson Flare
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FAQ #6 Update: Landing by night – just as by day – the Jacobson Flare

A recent question became a timely reminder that an expanded explanation on how to adapt the Jacobson Flare principles to night landings was overdue. So,...
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‘Just sayings…’  Building pilots’ resilience in aviation
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‘Just sayings…’ Building pilots’ resilience in aviation

Over the years, one picks up many pearls of wisdom that shape our rapport with aviation : They could be gems offered by other pilots;...
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Conscientious airplane walk-arounds are never a waste of time
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Conscientious airplane walk-arounds are never a waste of time

The pre-flight walk-around inspection of an aircraft, by the pilot or a trusted crew member is a time-honoured, vital facet of good airmanship. Generations of...
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Non-normal checklists don’t always cover the situation : the Jacobson Flare does
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Non-normal checklists don’t always cover the situation : the Jacobson Flare does

Throughout an aviation career spanning 55 years and 24,500 hours, a pilot is bound to encounter some non-normal situations along the way. Licence renewal checks,...
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Trust your instincts : your very own, built-in Master Warning system
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Trust your instincts : your very own, built-in Master Warning system

Nearly 30 years ago while suffering from sinusitis, I had been on a few days' sick leave. The lessons I learned, from a premature return...
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Uh-oh! : This runway / airstrip is uphill / downhill / undulating / longer / shorter / narrower / wider / lighter / darker
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Uh-oh! : This runway / airstrip is uphill / downhill / undulating / longer / shorter / narrower / wider / lighter / darker

You've just learned to fly and proudly earned your PPL or CPL. Your home airfield was wide and flat : 'Aren't they all?' Well, actually,...
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“If you don’t know that something exists, you’ll never go looking for it” – Geoff Tually
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“If you don’t know that something exists, you’ll never go looking for it” – Geoff Tually

On December 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright made four brief flights at Kitty Hawk. The Wright brothers had invented, flown and somehow landed the...
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We all make mistakes. It’s how you recover from them that counts – Former A380 & B747 Captain Gary Gould
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We all make mistakes. It’s how you recover from them that counts – Former A380 & B747 Captain Gary Gould

This is the third article in a planned occasional series, sharing the most memorable and treasured experiences, not only from my own career : We...
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The best advice I was ever offered : from the best pilot I ever flew with
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The best advice I was ever offered : from the best pilot I ever flew with

If you have ever read the epic 'Fate is the Hunter', by Captain Ernest K Gann, you will recall the respect, even reverence, that the...
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