FLOATING DOWN THE RUNWAY? HERE’S HOW TO FIX IT.
It’s frustrating to watch stripe after stripe pass underneath your nose, well past where you planned to touch down. Worse yet, your airspeed just isn’t bleeding off. We’ve all been there.
Whether it’s your first solo flight, or you’re a seasoned airline captain, floating down the runway past your touchdown point is a problem that all pilots face. This is what you need to know about why you’re floating and what you can do to fix it.
START WITH A FLYING A GOOD PATTERN
All good landings start in the pattern. Try to fly traffic patterns with recommended airspeeds from your airplane’s POH. While the FAA offers no guidance for recommended speeds on downwind, according to the Airplane Flying Handbook, when you turn on to your base leg, you should transition to a speed of 1.4 x Vso (again, only if your manufacturer doesn’t recommend a speed).