In reference to the Alitalia pilots thread:
WHY DO PEOPLE ALWAYS THINK THAT THE PILOT WHO 'KISSES' THE RUNWAY HAS DONE A 'GREAT' LANDING??????
Pilots are taught to hit the deck as hard as possible.
Consider this - you are an aircraft tyre. You are sitting under a jet in a 180mph wind rotating very slightly. You then have to hit the runway and accelerate yourself from 0 to 180 mph very quickly. If your pilot 'greases' you onto the runway he will smear a whole load of rubber onto the runway. If he slams you down as hard as possible, you will rotate quicker and won't leave as much rubber.
For those of you that still don't get it, PILOTS ARE TOLD TO PERFORM HARD LANDINGS AS IT PROLONGS THE WEAR OF THE TYRES.
Now, can we have a little less of those 'My favourite airline's pilots must be better than yours becuase they always land really smoothly' posts!