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Rate Of Descent At Touchdown  
User currently offlineHmmmm... From Canada, joined May 1999, 2114 posts, RR: 5
Posted (16 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1767 times:

Just curious since I'm sitting here flying FSIM 98 instead of going to bed. I'd thought I'd ask the big question all of us ask at one time or another in life: What is an average rate of descent, in fpm, of an airliner at touchdown? What rate would be considered a smooth landing? What would be the upper limit for a normal landing? What rate would likely lead to bouncing and/or damage?

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User currently offlineTWA717_200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (16 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1728 times:

I've ofter wondered this myself. I asked an ATP friend of mine this question and he said he was never looking at the VSI during touch down. That didn't help me any but maybe someone here can...

User currently offlineAcvitale From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 922 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (16 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1717 times:

During approach can be 500 ft p/min
During the short short final 200 ft/min
flare and touchdown 50 ft/min
hopefully 0 ft/min after that LOL

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