Landing Made Easy – Establishing the Optimal Approach Speed

Landing Made Easy – Establishing the Optimal Approach Speed

There are a handful of mistakes that nearly all recreational RC pilots make that stem from not having a plan before flying. This article is aimed at addressing the two bad habits that probably lead to more damage during landings than any others. Indeed, most pilots will immediately experience improved landings if they can correct just one of these two bad habits.


The first bad habit goes back to the way pilots first learned to set up their landings, and it’s why no two landings ever go the same since. Most pilots never give thought to flying a specific landing pattern to set up a landing. Instead, they loosely fly downwind, turn around, and try to get lined up and lose altitude before arriving over the runway. Of course, novice pilots would have been flying higher to stay safe, so when the decision is made to land, they are forced to let the nose drop appreciably during the base leg turn in an effort to lose the excess altitude.


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