Crox1 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 308 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2161 times:
Just arrived back on US Airways A330-300, (PHL - LGW), was sitting in the very last row at the back, strong crosswinds etc, but was the smoothest landing ever, hardly felt a bump, think where you sit makes a difference, if you sit close to the undercarriage you feel the landing much more
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Redngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 43
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2089 times:
I agree with Thom@s... much of this is subjective to conditions, pilot skill, aircraft condition and the particular passenger's sensitivity.
The three best touchdowns I've been in:
3. An Eastern Airlines L1011 flight from MCO-JFK. Beautiful widebody with one of the earliest flight control systems.
2. A Southwest Airlines 737 flight from LAS-ABQ. We came in over the desert and glided in on the thermals. At that time there wasn't much development on the west mesa so the descent could be made very gradually.
1. The best: a Continental Airlines 737-300 flight from CLE-PHL, late July 2000. The conditions were absolutely horrid that night (severe thunderstorms complete with hail) and my flight to ABE was cancelled (scheduled to be on a Continental Express B1900.) I was rebooked to PHL and we went up into the clouds and bounced around for a while. When we came in for a landing at PHL, the clouds were still very low and as a result I didn't know how close we were to the ground until we were almost over the numbers. The pilot absolutely greased the landing -- I didn't even feel the usual "grab" of the wheels but did feel the brakes. Even so, the landing was smooth as silk.
Nwafflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1050 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2088 times:
I never know when I've landed, I don't wake up until we're at the gate unless it's a truely awful landing. Although, coming into DTW last Sunday, in a bad snow storm, I was awake because I was aware of connections that were going to be a problem. The NWA DC-9 pilot did an absolutely beautiful landing (this was the FNT flight that circled and circled, the one that left FNT at 1:40PM) -- whoever that pilot is deserves a medal -- conditions were bad, he kept the passengers updated constantly, and it was a beautiful touchdown, when he braked, you could feel the slide, then he released -- a very professional job
That was a top pilot, and I'd like to let NWA know (tried thru their web site, and got the 'normal' -- we'll read your message later response), so any NWA crew, ramp, etc on here, please pass this on the the pilot of the 1:38 PM out of FNT, last Sunday, to DTW
ACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7712 posts, RR: 34
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1982 times:
I find the A330's have a smooth landing, even in the nastiest conditions. As much as I like the 767, I haven't had a smooth landing in one yet, and I've had many landings in them. The worst (or best 'cause it was so much fun) was last year coming into YVR from AMS with KL. We were landing on 08L with a slight crosswind, we were over the runway as the pilot flared the a/c and he must have really got caught in the ground effect 'cause we were just gliding down the runway, not sinking, not climbing, just gliding and loosing speed. All of a sudden we dropped like a sack of rocks and hit the runway so hard I thought the landing gear struts were gonna pop through the wings!
When we got to the gate, I stuck around a bit to watch and sure enough the flight crew stepped out and took a look at the gear. A couple of weeks later, I flew back to AMS and same thing, but that one I'll blame on the weather and not the 767 'cause it was a NASTY day in AMS, there must have been at least a dozen people throwin' up on the approach. Poor F/A's!
Edoca From Belgium, joined Mar 2005, 688 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1977 times:
One nice landing sensation is when you're in the middle seats in the first rows on a widebody - e.g. in an MD-11 just above the nose wheel. Usually you feel very little of the main landing gear touching down, but all the more when the nose wheel touches the runway...
Logan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1949 times:
Truly, an evaluation of the smoothest landing aircraft would require a statistical design. As Thom@s and others mentioned, conditions will play a huge role. You would have to have had at least something like 10 flights on several types of aircraft in various conditions to draw any inference regarding how they compare. Choosing how to break down the conditions under which these landings were made into categories for direct comparison of the smoothness factor would be a big part of the statistical design. Variations in your body sensitivity (e.g., just waking up vs. being alert) also play a critical role. In short, while some flight control designs may render a certain type more prone to a hard landing than another, this sounds a bit like smoke and mirrors to me.
727EMflyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1874 times:
Smoothest: UA 763 HNL August '01. Pilot had the engines at idle from 10 miles out on final, if you weren't watching you'd never even know we were down.
Worst: US (express... don't know which operator) Beech 1900 GON September '95. It was a dark and stormy night... only flight on that aircraft, but from what I've heard every landing in those things stinks.
Patrickj From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1730 times:
Started flying transports 25 years ago.
Smooth landing are a combination of weight, wind, runway condition, approach and luck. A few observations on aircraft types I've flown:
B727-100 the bottom can fall out from underneath you even after a perfect approach. You've got to push just prior to touchdown.
B727-200 same as 727-100
B737-200 lands like a big Piper Cub
B737-300 and 400 lands flat but smooth landings are commonplace
B757-200 same as 737-300 and 400
B767-200 main gear trucks dangle at a nose down attitude requiring you to fly it on flat or you'll plant it.
FK-28 Easy to land well
FK-100 hard to buy a good landing
C-5A Easy and Smooth