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What Airliner Features The Smoothest Landings?  
User currently offlineLAX From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3
Posted (14 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1056 times:

What do ya think?
Which plane is the least bumpy on touchdown? Or is there a significant difference between types?
What's the roughest?

I've heard that the BAe146 produces velvety-smooth landings.....due to the landing gear configuration, which evidently results in less jarring touchdowns. Is this true?

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User currently offlinePhilB From Ireland, joined May 1999, 2915 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (14 years 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1027 times:

The one with either the most effective autoland or the most proficient crew, aided and abetted by perfect conditions, tyres properly inflated with the oleos in tip top condition and hydraulics at required optimums.

Such an aircraft should be landed on a perfectly smooth runway and should have perfect seat bottom cushions and overhead bins that don't rattle, galley carts that lock perfectly in place and no passengers who scream at the slightest noise.

The 146 does have some very gentle charecteristics due to the high wing, the position of the main gear, the air brake in the tail and a slow landing speed but I've had some dog rough landings in them in cross winds and the configuration is similar in the C141, C5, AN124 etc.

There is no answer to this question as there are too many uncontrollable variables

User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 33
Reply 2, posted (14 years 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1000 times:

All aircraft can produce "the perfect landing" in the right conditions. Although bigger jets are generally generate smoother landings IMHO (probably due to Bigger landing gear, bigger aircraft, more experienced crew, less likely to be effected by weather etc etc).


User currently offline777gk From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1641 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (14 years 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 983 times:

Any plane I'm flying.

User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 25131 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (14 years 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 980 times:

I agree with PhilB, but just for the record, the smootest landing I have had was on an L1011 Tristar at MAN. And the roughest, on an MD83 @ NCL.

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User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6075 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (14 years 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 971 times:

Well, in my experience, the worst was a 727. And I talked to a captain who has flown 727s, but is now in 737s, and he says that 27's are notoriously difficult to land.

I also had a lot of rough landings in Super 80s, but one tthing about them is that as soon as the spoilers come up, they STICK on the ground.

The WORST I ever had was a 767 (AA) that bounced multiple times, at least four, and was very unsettling.

The best has been DC-10s and MD-11s.


User currently offlineNa From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 11014 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (14 years 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 962 times:

From personal experience and from observation my vote goes to the A340.

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Reply 7, posted (14 years 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 958 times:

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User currently offlineSIA_B777 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 469 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (14 years 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 953 times:


it always varies

but the worst landing i've had was in a 757-200

the approach was really fast and we kinda slammed into the ground.

nothing really severe but out of the ordinary

User currently offlineGOT From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 1912 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (14 years 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 926 times:

I guess that it mostly depends on the pilot  Smile/happy/getting dizzy.


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User currently offlineWorldVoyager From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 393 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (14 years 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 922 times:

Over and over again, the best landings I've had were on the A340. It has always been so smooth I didn't even know we had landed!

My worst landing was on a Cathay Pacific 777-300. There was this large creaking sound and lots of bumps.

User currently offlineDelta777-XXX From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1017 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (14 years 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 919 times:

I had a pretty nice landing on an AirTran 717. The approach into Savannah was really rough but I never felt it touchdown.

User currently offlineA330/B777 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (14 years 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 916 times:

I have to agree that the A340 seems to be the smoothest on landing. The first time I was on one, I was so excited to be going to Europe, I didn't even realize we had already touched down.

The worst I would say are DC9's, maybe it has something to do with thier age, but they have always seemed extremly stiff to me.

User currently offlineWilcharl From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1168 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (14 years 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 902 times:

I have to say overall the best landings go to airtran's DC-9 guys, almost always a greaser and never disapointed, also, to SR on their a-320s.

User currently offlineWestern737 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 489 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (14 years 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 879 times:

Well, I had flew quite alot of times and all seems to be depend on the weather and pilots.

There been time that DC-9 and 737-200 had made alot of smoothest landing and roughest landing.

Had real a nice landing with 767-400 but I rode that once.

User currently offlineKcle From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 686 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (14 years 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 875 times:

It all depends on the pilots. Three of my four AirTran flights were smooth, but the one DC-9 was an interesting landing. I overheard an F/A say that our captain was an ex-NAVY fighter pilot, and they are trained to land hard, fast, and slow down quickly. Sure enough, that landing was bumpy and rough, but the plane didn't bounce back up at all.

User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3952 posts, RR: 39
Reply 16, posted (14 years 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 872 times:

I liked landing in Tu-154 and IL-86.

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User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (14 years 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 870 times:

Heres the thing. I fly Lufthansa quite a bit to and from FRA and LAX. On their 744's. The smoothest landings I have ever experienced are on them. Maybe Germans just know how to fly planes! Great landings. Also, once, on a continental flight, many years back, it was an MD-80. The captain was really good. My sister is a light sleeper, and was trying to sleep before takeoff, and we had already taken off, and she had no idea! It was a really quiet takeoff, I didnt even know we were taking off till we lifted up. The landing on the same flight was really smooth, amazing. Also, on a Lufthansa A300, I fell asleep before we took off, and woke up 2 hours into the flight. I was dissapointed I missed the takeoff though  Sad.


User currently offlineQantas737 From Australia, joined Jul 2000, 738 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (14 years 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 862 times:

Shouldnt this be a question of rather who is the best crew and weather conditions put together. I'm telling you, its NOT the aircraft that creates the smoothest landing its the crew and how they perform it. A Cessna 421 can have a smooth landing with gear down, and have an even smoother one with the gear up. Yes you saw that right. And I have heard of a story where this was in fact true. The pilot of course didnt know the gear was still up, so he wasnt panicing at all.

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