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User currently offlineSaleem From Pakistan, joined Mar 2000, 204 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 2 months 4 hours ago) and read 4426 times:

While reading Worst landing experience thread, as fortunately I don't have any such worst experience but I have one best experience.

Being aviation lover, I regularly observe landing and takeoff very closely. And I have ever best landing experience on Raji Airline (A short lived airline from Pakistan) from Lahore to Karachi, while we were on finals and I was very closely watching when we would touch down, and I realized that we have landed when brakes were applied.

The aircraft was probably TU-154 (Russian, like B727, three engines on its tail)

That was my ever best landing experience where I was watching and observing very closely (being first flight on TU-154, so I was very curious regarding her behavior) and I absolutely got no idea when we touched down.

What's others best experience??

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User currently offlineSOUTHAMERICA From Colombia, joined Dec 2003, 2499 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 3 hours ago) and read 4398 times:

and I absolutely got no idea when we touched down.

I'll interpret that as a metaphor. Rubber wheels making contact with uneven and harsh pavement at 120 knots or more don't produce at least a slight rattling?? Don't think so Saleem  Big thumbs up .

Back to the topic, I guess good landing experiences are more than the bad ones. My best was probably on a fairly clear day at BOG, like at 7:30 and no winds. A ILS approach to rwy 13R and touch down was very smooth. Pilot did not apply reverse thrust and braked very slowly until abandoning the active.

Just more common.



User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 3 hours ago) and read 4392 times:

July 14, 2001 at MAD. SpanAir 763, arriving from IAD.

We flew across western Spain just before sunrise, which was cool just by itself. The captain throttled back as we neared MAD, and we seemed to just "float" down...we made a turn and landed to the NW, incredibly smooth...light touchdown and rollout. I was simply amazed. I'll never forget it.

User currently offlineApollo13 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 3 hours ago) and read 4359 times:

Two Words....................... KAI TAK!!!!!

User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 months 3 hours ago) and read 4353 times:

Beautiful night landing at MEM on a DL 737-800. Plane was brand new, IFE (best episode of Spin City ever). Perfectly clear, calm, soft touchdown.



User currently offlineCkfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5779 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 3 hours ago) and read 4336 times:

I was on an AA Fokker in October landing at ATL on 8L. Pilot did not use reverse thrust. He just applied the brakes gently and let the plane roll out until we just passed Concourse E.

Normally landing from the west, AA pilots try to see how quickly they can stop, so they don't have a long taxi back to Concourse T.

[Edited 2003-12-13 07:04:17]

User currently offlineSovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2715 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 months 3 hours ago) and read 4309 times:
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Actually, in the Tu-154...the landing is exactly like that. I've flown it several times and everytime it was like that where you don't realize when you touch down. It's true ask people who have flown it. You have a point that rubber wheels touching at high speed would be notceable but you're probably basing it on a B-737 or something similar. Remember...the Tu-154 has 12 of these wheels instead of 4 and it has a wide base making it very smooth. Also, it's wings flex and bend very easy and absorb the impact. Those are the main reasons for the smoothness of a Tu-154. Compare it to it's nearest western rival...the B-757(8 wheels, narrow base, not so flexible wing). That one always makes a noticeable landing. And the Tu-154 is also my best landing experience.

User currently offlineAviaar From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 244 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 months 2 hours ago) and read 4288 times:

Reagan National-

Fly right by downtown D.C., see all the famous landmarks, monuments, buildings etc., then make an awesome, last-minute turn to get lined up with the runway. Way Cool!

I'd rather be flying (real original)
User currently offlineSaleem From Pakistan, joined Mar 2000, 204 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 months 1 hour ago) and read 4229 times:

Thanks Sovietjet for confirming landing on TU 154

Actually that was my first and last experience on TU 154, and after that unfortunately I couldn't fly on TU 154.

Based on my own knowledge and experience I have the same understanding of TU 154, with 12 wheels little bit slanting, makes perfect landing. I have experience of flying in Yak 42 and its landings are always smoother than any other aircraft like B737, A300, A310, B747 etc..

I have experienced more than 350 landings but the experience of TU 154 was really remarkable and unforgettable.

That landing was just like that, that someone placed aircraft on ground very politely.

Recently, when I was traveling to Karachi on B743, the landing was perfect and very smooth but you always got the feeling of rubber contact with concrete, but I once again say that on TU 154 I didn't get that feeling at all.

Further, in my opinion (would like confirmation) the touchdown speed of TU 154 is slower than 737 or same category aircraft.

User currently offlineSAS-A321 From Denmark, joined Mar 2002, 401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 months 1 hour ago) and read 4226 times:

When you are jumpseating Big grin

It's Scandinavian
User currently offlineQANTASBOY From Australia, joined May 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 2 months 1 hour ago) and read 4217 times:

Singapore Airlines:

Flt: SQ334, Singapore-Paris (CDG) 28 September, 2003.
Aircraft: Boeing 747-400 Megatop. Reg: 9V-SPG

Aircraft descended rapidly, and landmarks of Paris were visible (Time about 4:30am). Whilst on final, the plane descended, and hit the tarmac. It was hardly felt! (i Mean, it was a 744, it was felt) but the landing was incredibly smooth. Most flights are like that with SQ, only one bad experience.. SQ219, ,Sin-Syd.

I have experienced much worse landings in 737's, A340,320,321's, 717's, Dash 8Q's..


User currently offlineBravo45 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2165 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (12 years 2 months 1 hour ago) and read 4206 times:

My best landing experience came on 14th of August 1999(Lucky day being the independence day of Pakistan) on board a PIA 737 landing on 36R coming into Lahore. Ironically there was no purpose of my travel than to experience yet another cockpit flight with my friend. We went to Islamabad in the cockpit, after we had already requested the captain of our purpose of going. Within 30 minutes of arrival we were on our way back to Lahore on another 737. I remember that the landing in ISB was kinnda scary because of the crosswind as we were comming in with a considerable crab angle, we bounced off the runway when we touched down.
Having satisfied our appetite for the day, on our way back home we decided to experience it from the cabin just for a change. I still regret it, coz as we held tight to our armrests expecting a hard touchdown, it was surprisingly smooth, the smoothest touchdown I can ever expect. It was almost nothing as we saw the speed brakes extending, it was the experience of a life time.
After the landing we went to the cockpit to thank the captain for such a great experience, and recieved a shock as he very honestly told us that it was the first officer.The name of the Captain was Junaid Abassy and the First Officer was Khurram Butt. Both were extremely friendly and told us that we should have requested to be in cockpit before the takeoff.

User currently offlineMITaero From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 497 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (12 years 2 months ago) and read 4189 times:

Once I got to sit in the cockpit jumpseat of a PIA 747 ISB-LHR for most of the flight. The landing was definitely the highlight, and LHR is one of my favorite airports, btw.

User currently offlineBravo45 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2165 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (12 years 2 months ago) and read 4173 times:

You not only reminded me of this unforgettable experience, but also of the short era when suddenly a lot of new airlines started emerging. Bhoja, AeroAsia, Baruda, Raji and Shaheen Airlines are comming to my mind for now. All with their russian noisy engines used to wake us up at night when any of those used to take off. I never felt annoyed, rather it was pleasent to me unlike most others around me. Unfortunately, only Aero Asia still continues to operate uninterrupted. Shaheen had to suspend operations for a long time after starting off with the exciting 737-400, the newest aircraft among all airlines. When I came to the US, they had started operating again but with the russian TU-154. Bhoja also survived for a considerable period of time together with their beautiful flying club, Pakistan Aviators based on Lahore International Airport, until Bhoja's sad ending when I guess their aircrafts were seized in Dubai I guess for I don't know what reason. I hope their club is still up and running. I rented my first flight from there in a C-152 registered AP-BEN. I hope they are taking care of the MOST beautiful (externally and internally) C-172XP I have ever seen.

User currently offlineIls33 From Pakistan, joined Dec 2003, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 2 months ago) and read 4153 times:

No doubt : Pakistani Pilots are one of the best pilots in the world  Smile

User currently offlineIls33 From Pakistan, joined Dec 2003, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 2 months ago) and read 4147 times:

Me and my Instructor were competing against each other for the smoothest touch down and even though he has 2000+ hours , sometimes a rookie has a better grip on the yoke then a pro  Big grin

User currently offlineBaw716 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2045 posts, RR: 26
Reply 16, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4117 times:

Concorde, from the cockpit, when it was still possible to do so. September 1982, JFK-LHR, BA194. Invited to cockpit after luncheon service, invited to stay through landing in jump seat. 20 degree pitch up on landing with a slight buffeting just before touchdown at 170kts. There was not then, and there won't be probably in the rest of my lifetime, an aircraft like her. Fortunately, I will get to visit her again, almost 20 years later next week. Speedbird Concorde Alpha Golf is awaiting completion of the new wing of the Museum which will be her new home; the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

David L. Lamb, fmr Area Mgr Alitalia SFO 1998-2002, fmr Regional Analyst SFO-UAL 1992-1998
User currently offlineScf158 From Switzerland, joined Dec 2003, 413 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4014 times:

My best landing experience was on a WJ flight from YVR to saskatoon... Beautiful landing... hardly felt a thing! What made me laugh was that it was the first flight for the pilot! Everyone clapped for him as we came to a halt.

User currently offlineTokolosh From Netherlands, joined Sep 2001, 366 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4000 times:

For me it was my first ever flight: KLM DC-8 from Jhb to Ams, with a stop in Kinshasa in the middle of the night. I was in the jump seat for that, my first ever landing  Smile

Another two: 1. All landings at Hong Kong's Kai Tak. 2. Inaugural KLM flight to Cape Town when we got a tour of the Peninsula at 1500 ft and landed at a rather low airspeed (around 100 kts). My brother, watching from the terminal, said he'd never seen so much smoke in his life upon landing. It was a smooth landing though!

Did the chicken or the egg get laid first?
User currently offlineBMAbound From Sweden, joined Nov 2003, 660 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3990 times:

Had an awesome landing on an Avro100 with Malmö Aviation at ESSB about 2 years ago. The runway is pretty short, 5400 ft, so, prejudice as I am, I always expect rather firm touchdowns, especially if I notice that we will touchdown a bit down the runway. But not this time, I hardly felt we were on the ground. The entire flight from Gothenburg was really nice in itself, so that was a great ending!



Altitude is Insurance - Get Insured
User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19548 posts, RR: 51
Reply 20, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3982 times:

ABQ-ELP in a WN 73G 30 mins ago.  Wink/being sarcastic

"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineBromma1968 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3981 times:

My best landing experience is from British Airways Concorde G-BOAG
August 2nd 1990 at runway 26L London-Gatwick ending a flight from
Stockholm-Arlanda. When Gatwick celebrated 60 years of operation
BA flew Concorde from Gatwick to Copenhagen, Lisbon and Stockholm.


User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 13
Reply 22, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3881 times:

One of my best airline landings was in a HP 737-300. It was very smooth, no bounce, etc.

But the best landings I have done have been in general aviation planes.
Proabably the Piper Warrior and Cessna 310 are my best. Those are the kind when you touch and wonder "Have we landed yet?"  Smile

Pershoyu Spravoyu Litaki!
User currently offlineAApilot2b From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 582 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3773 times:

Beleive it or not, my best landing experience was in a C-17. Our contact with the ground was so suttle that the only evidence of being on the ground was the sound of the wheels rolling and the roar from reverse thrust.

User currently offlineLHR340 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 877 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3762 times:

IB 757 at LHR - Even though you have to slow quickly and exit so the next plane can land, it was still the smoothest touch down I have ever experienced, as we turned off the runway I saw the BA 747 behind us come whizzing past, always the best landing at LHR.


A340 LoVeR! EC-GQK - LHR The Bussiest International Airport & 3rd Bussiest In The World!
25 N1120A : Was on a US flight FRA-PHL in August 2001. It was on A333 with a female pilot. So smooth you hardly noticed you were on the ground
26 Usair320 : On a US 757 MBJ-PHL. the smoothest landing ever.
27 ChrisNH : Mine was probably in a United 747-400 that was supposed to go SFO-ORD, but was diverted to Milwaukee due to thunderstorms at ORD. I'm sure this happen
28 PlaneMad : My best was on an El Al 747 Flying from Stansted to Ben Gurion, Tel Aviv. I didn't know we had landed until I heard reverse thrust and brakes being ap
29 AnsettAW : On a 727 Northwest Orient into Bozeman, Montana, back in July 1986...stands out among the very best I've experienced...smooth but very 'eventful' as t
30 Post contains links Airways : My best landing experiences? Well... 1. CX 747-400 landing in Bremen after a planned go around. It was the very first landing of a 747 in BRE. Big pla
31 Timeforflight : i couldn't pay an airline for my best landing experience... during instrument training i flew from MQY (smyrna, tn) to HSV (huntsville, al) in pretty
32 Post contains images Airliner777 : Miami Air B727-200Adv landed at night at Havana, Cuba two years ago!!!!
33 Leigh Pilgrim : Gibraltar Its like a mini version of Kai Tak, fantastic!
34 Alcregular : Mine was August 1989 with Balkan Bulgarian Airlines. I think we flew on a TU 154 from BOJ-NCL. I was sitting next to the oxygen tank with an empty pla
35 JGPH1A : My best landing was on an SAA A320 JNB-CPT, on 31st December 1992, the flight was pretty empty and we'd had a quick trip down, the captain came on the
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