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Old Dec 10, 2011, 05:04 PM
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Yippee!
First Pefect Landing Today!

I GREASED A LANDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There. Had to get it out of my system. I took my (US Army) GWS Beaver out today, and after many attempts to correct the CoG, got it spot on today for some stick time in the back pasture. Time to land, and I kept in mind what some of you have said in posts, and articles. I managed the throttle more than the elevator, and it smoothed right in at <1/4 throttle...let it decsend gently, and just as it touched down, fed some up elevator...didn't even bounce!

I know I've been in this hobby for a year now (so maybe not technically a total noob)...even though I've had virtually no flights in over 6 months. Just as I was really progressing, we had another baby, then our nasty Texas summer hit. Then, windy spring. So I'm back in trainer-plane-beginner-mode. I know some people take to landing like a fish to water...but that has been my biggest struggle with larger planes.

Anyway...I'm pumped right now!
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Old Dec 10, 2011, 10:33 PM
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great job. I have just been building and repairing, too cold or wet to fly.
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Old Dec 11, 2011, 07:47 AM
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Nice, Hog Pen, it takes a lot of practice. Sweet landings are the shiz. I only use gear because to me take off's and landings are a big part of the flight experience. Most of my landing now are decent, some are just a joy to see, and some I'm glad nobody saw them. Good practice is to run a lot of passes down the runway slower and slower, then some touch and go's, ,which I still can't get to look that pretty.
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Old Dec 11, 2011, 08:54 AM
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Grats!
A nice greaser always brings a smile.
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Old Dec 11, 2011, 09:24 AM
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Thanks guys...I know some the folks reading this post are probably rolling their eyes a little thinking, "who cares"...but this was HUGE for me! The field I occasionally go to is full of stunt planes...some have 12-15' spans...and those guys make landing look effortless. Can't wait to practice more! One down, a million to go!
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Old Dec 11, 2011, 09:49 AM
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No one is rolling their eyes. We are all working on whatever is next for us, and we are all ahead of some in ability and behind others.

I'm a bit jealous of you. I've been flying on and off since the late '70's, but almost never off a surface that allows take off and landing. I'll bet you land better than than I do. Now, if you want someone to school you on how to plop down in tall weeds without puncturing the covering, I'm your man.

Congratulations! It's pretty good fun when you do it right.
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Old Dec 11, 2011, 12:41 PM
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Well...I have to replicate the results, lol. I was going to try that today...weather couldn't be better, but I somehow managed to break my foot last night...so I'm couch bound.

Wait a sec...I can haul a lawn chair into the pasture...
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Old Dec 12, 2011, 07:29 AM
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I know some the folks reading this post are probably rolling their eyes a little
Nah, I bet nobody is. I spend almost all my simulator time practising landing because I'm terrible at it - if I grease one in ten I am happy.

Sometimes it just works, but usually I don't know why, which makes it hard to learn from my mistakes.

But you can be sure that the moment I learn how to do it every time I'll be on here with a big textual grin on my face too.
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Old Dec 12, 2011, 11:13 AM
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Good for you! Doesn't matter how long you have been flying, landings will always be the hardest part and even the experts have their bad days.

The plane looks awesome (saw in your other thread) and even though its electric try to carry some power with you as you land.
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Old Dec 12, 2011, 01:49 PM
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Good for you! Doesn't matter how long you have been flying, landings will always be the hardest part and even the experts have their bad days.

The plane looks awesome (saw in your other thread) and even though its electric try to carry some power with you as you land.
Thanks. That was my biggest failing...trying to land somewhere between a belly-flopper, and a 1oz. micro. The air movement from the prop over the tail made the landing faster, but much more stable, since the control surfaces actually worked.
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Old Dec 12, 2011, 03:18 PM
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WTG Hog....
Landings are always the mind burner.. LOL Wind, Speed, aircraft stall charactistics, dont forget heading.. there's alot going on during a landing and to grease one in like a butteryfly with sore feet is always nice... Throttle management, changes in angle of attack, landing a bit long is always BETTER then too short... Yuppers... a greaser makes the day go better....

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Old Dec 12, 2011, 03:31 PM
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Long landing...LOL. I covered about 50 yards landing that slow little thing.
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Old Dec 13, 2011, 04:31 AM
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Great story. Got to be a good feeling! I know it is on the sim! My only and first plane is a toss and go. I still try to practice decent alignment rudder and so on but still have to pass around again and slide it I the grass. Can't wait for gear. Congrats!
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Old Dec 13, 2011, 11:13 AM
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PERFECT landing for me is when I DON'T HAVE TO GLUE ANYTHING!
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Old Dec 13, 2011, 11:24 AM
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Good job man, I know landings are the toughest part for me too. It's like I always say though, everybody can fly a plane… once… Landings the trick to learn haha.
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