Originally Posted by ak79
If you watch master class 2, you will see that most of the guys do not have any flap down the last few seconds of the approach.
They use the flaps to modulate energy earlier in the landing setup and have a nice medium approach speed fairly low, and stick it in with out much flap. The planes seam to be very controllable in this configuration versus lots of flap deflection in the last few seconds of approach. This is something I'm doing to work in next season. Of course this was standard TD contest stuff, not sure how it applies to F3J.
I do not know about TD, but F3J landing is generally quite fast. One could say that if you have to slow down so much that low speed performance is an issue, you are doing something wrong.
Landing flaps down and extra maintenance go together