Airframe Total Time: 240 Hours
QuoteAirframe Total Time: 240 HoursOuch. Nothing like breaking your Squadron's new plane.
The 182T was the one with 240 hours, Phil. Read the report, indeed.Not CAP owned, too.
Yep. The point was we (CAP) could easily have that happen since some pilots fly hot landings, AND the weather be a changing... So, heads up, be ready and willing to do a go around, fly a stabilized approach on the airspeed, and pay attention to the winds (cross winds, and otherwise). Low time AND high time pilots can succumb.
I'm always surprised when people decline to go around when the situation clearly dictates. Floating the plane over half the runway is one of those "OK, time to admit defeat, apply power and try again" circumstances
[NIN, You should not be surprised, your comment indicates part of the systemic problem. Those that consider go-arounds as a defeats and not what they really are, the exercise of good judgement are part of the problem. Comments like this that allude to negative outcomes because of faulty approaches only add to the psyche of a pilot being less than his or her peers if he or she can't "save" the landing. A true safety culture would dictate go-arounds as a practiced maneuver and not as a something to be admonished. I ask pilots when was your last go-around? If they tell me they haven't done one in awhile that opens the door to talk about stabilized approaches. Almost every pilot I have talked to that doesn't fly professionally will begrudgingly admit they have "salvaged" approaches and landings when they should have gone around. At work, I tell everyone to plan for the worst and be surprised by normal! Flying should be done the same way.
I have made the "go-around" call (and had it adhered to by the pilot flying). Better to burn some more gas and figure out why the picture wasn't right than to press a less-than-advantageous position which should come out OK, but then again might not.... If the picture ain't right to start, it seldom gets better as our altitude decreases. Better to sort out the problem before we start than press a bad position that only gets more critical as time goes on. I hate to run out of the proverbial "Airspeed, altitude and ideas." I like keeping a little extra of all three when I need it, instead of finding myself short on one when another runs out.