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Your Best Landing Ever!  
User currently offlineCabal From Colombia, joined Sep 2001, 58 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 12 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2082 times:

I just deplaned from company's C-27 and the pilot did the most amazing landing ever. I mean I realized we were on the ground we I heard the reversers going. I was greatfully surprised although they are retired military pilots and average 55 years old, they should know by now.

So, what's your best landing ever??

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User currently offlineFlyingbronco05 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3841 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (13 years 12 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2066 times:

I think i mentioned this in another topic. Flight AA from ORD-SNA with a female copilot. The landing was as good as it gets and after the flight when we were departing the 757 i asked the flight crew who landed the plane. The captain said "she did, her first one too." I then started to talk to her and found out it was her VERY FIRST 757 LANDING WITH PASSENGERS. This plane was full and the approach into SNA is very difficult (i have done approaches myself in 172's and King Airs. Not to mention she was gorgeous Big grin

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User currently offlineGoingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (13 years 12 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2065 times:

VAnguard 737-200 MCI-DFW. Couldn't tell the guy touched down, and he only briefly used the reversers. Of course, there are times when a good solid "thump" is preferred over a greaser, but in those cases, it's not usually in decent weather.

User currently offlineSaxman66 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 518 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 12 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2062 times:

My best land was with me flying a Piper Warrior. About a 30 knot, almost direct crosswind. It was just grease as I put that thing down one wheel at a time. My instructor says," well you just upped your wind endorsment on that one." It was a great feeling.


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User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4053 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (13 years 12 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2050 times:

My first ever landing in a Grob-109 motorised glider. We were supposed to fly the curcuit at 80kts and approach at 60kts. I screwed up the turn onto finals, as it was my first time, and ended up over the threshold at about 200ft, so I just popped the nose down and pulled out the spoilers and we just dropped like a stone, doing about 90kts, when I got to about 50ft, pulled the nose up, lowered the spoilers a tad, and popped it right down and did a perfect landing !!!  Big thumbs up
I was well pleased with myself, but my instructor didn't find it amusing, he thought I was just going to put us straight into the ground and gave me a bit of a bo!!ocking for it, but afterwards he did say that it was very good for a first landing, even if the approach was a bit scary Big grin

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User currently offlineGD727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 925 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (13 years 12 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2044 times:

That would be back in April of 1999 on a Delta Express 732 flying from PVD-MCO. The pilot made the most comfortable, smooth approach I had ever seen, turned smoothly, and touched down on runway 35, not too hard, not too soft, perfect. He used minimal reverse thrust, since the runway is 10,000 feet. He was a great pilot.


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User currently offlineArchie From Mexico, joined Aug 2000, 228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 12 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2034 times:

My best landings that I remember were on AA 757 from Aruba-Miami.
The approach was very smootha ll the way down to the runway. I went to see the flight deck to take a picture and I congratulated the pilot (but he seemed as he didn`t care).

Also I remember an EL AL flight from TLV-JFK. The landing was incredibly smooth with a 747. Amazing how a big machine like that can land so gracefully (with the help of good pilots of course)  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



User currently offlineAirindia From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1755 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (13 years 12 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2028 times:

This may be wrong but i was told this by an Indian Air Force pilot once.

According to him, a perfect landing is one where there is a thud, i.e u can feel the plane touching the ground. This is contrary to the popular belief of many of us that a smooth landing is great. A smooth landing is dangerous as there is a danger of the a/c skidding od the runway.

User currently offlineMCOtoATL From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 474 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (13 years 12 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2017 times:

Northwest A320 from MSP to Denver. You couldn't even tell we hit the ground.

User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 10780 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (13 years 12 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2009 times:

My personal favourites have to be St. Maarten. In 1999 I arrived their with a Air Guadeloupe ATR-72 from the opposite direction instead of the usual "Mahoo Beach" approach. I also landed in St. Maarten with KLM from AMS (747-300), American Airlines from SJU (DC-10-10) and ALM from CUR (MD82).


User currently offlineFLYING MACHINE From Spain, joined May 2002, 223 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (13 years 12 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2013 times:


User currently offlineEnglandair From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 2228 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (13 years 12 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1960 times:

In (Easter time I think) 1998 LGW-MCO on VS 744 G-VBIG "Tinker Belle".
The previous couple of week had seen extreamly strong winds and hurrocanes in Florida and they had been so bad that our travel agent wrote to us and warned my family that our holiday might have to be cancelled.
The weather however got better and we set off on our 9 hour flight. About 30 minutes before reaching the Floridian coast things got bumpy. I mean REALLY bumpy!!! I've never know turbulance like it and it terrified even me! The captain announced we couldn't go higher or lower as the weather was just as bad there too. The point at which it really got worrying was when he ordered (over the speakers) the cabin crew to strap themselves into their jump seats as it was going to get even bumpier. It certainly did! My brother (six at the time) was crying his eyes out and the worst bit was when he asked my mother "are we going to die?". Throughout the remained of the flight everyone was thinking about the hurrocanes and hardly anyone spoke- most people were holding themselves down in their seats.
Then came the landing. I can't remember if it was hard or smooth or if the thrust reversers were used etc, but I do remember how glad everyone was to be down and it was without a doubt the most wonderfull landing ever!
Of course we were never in any really serious danger, but as I was being tossed up and down in a metal tube miles above the Atlantic, it made me think otherwise!
I just pity the people who could see the wings bending!

User currently offlineJoakimE From Sweden, joined Nov 2001, 408 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (13 years 12 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1944 times:

The most awesome landing I've ever been in was on a Avianca 747-200 flight from Bogota (with a short stop in Caracas, Venezuela) landing in a completely fogged out Madrid Bajaras, the only thing that gave it away was feeling the brakes and looking out the window and noticing taxiway signs zooming by  Smile

User currently offlineCMB320 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 421 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (13 years 12 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1925 times:

My best landing ever was on a Delta 73S from ABQ-ELP back in 1995. We had a female pilot landing the aircraft at around 10:30PM. Weather was great and the flight was totally smooth during the entire trip. If she didn't announce the descent, I wouldn't have even know we were going down; had to have been the smoothest descent I had ever experienced, and in El Paso at that which is known for it's rough skies. Finally, the softest landing... only reason I knew we were actually on the ground is because of the loud brakes; sounded as though they were about to give out.

Still today can't get over how smooth EVERYTHING was during that flight. Beautiful memory. My only good Delta experience, unfortunately.

User currently offlineKaiTakFan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1589 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (13 years 12 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1884 times:

I would have to say my best one was United Airlines flight 1 to Hong Kong Kai Tak from LAX. It seemed as if we were going to slam really hard onto runway 13 (not 33) at the rate of descent we were flying. Yet the pilot in command of the approach flared it just perfectly and feathered the 747-400 down to the ground. It was such a spectacular landing people were clapping throughout the jet.

User currently offlineAhlfors From Canada, joined Oct 2000, 1347 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (13 years 12 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1844 times:

I would have to say that my best was just a couple weeks ago, an SK 343 into CPH. Very smooth landing, smoother than any widebody I've been on before, and to top it off, I was right behind the wing, and I didn't hear, see, or feel the thrust reversers. Too bad the rest of the airport was on strike so the ground handling afterwards was horrendous.

User currently offlineThe Coachman From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 1437 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (13 years 12 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1830 times:

I'll add another 732 to the list

DL B737-200, landed at YVR so smooth, it didn't wake me up from sleep.


But, I must add, that smooth landings are not necessarily the best.

M88, 722, 732, 733, 734, 73G, 73H, 742, 743, 744, 752, 762, 763, 772, 773, 77W, 320, 332, 333, 345, 388, DH8, SF3 - want
User currently offlineBroke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1325 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (13 years 12 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1803 times:

One of the best approaches and landings I ever experienced was while riding jumpseat on an Eastern Electra from LGA to BOS. Cruising at 16,000' we reached PVD; at that time the captain pulled the power levers (not throttles, mind you) to flight idle. He proceeded to make the remainder of the flight; meeting all altitude changes, air speed changes, heading changes, and landing on runway 22 without touching the power levers again until he put the props into reverse!! The landing was a grease job!!  Smokin cool

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