Posted by: RTC Pilot | October 6, 2010

Idle Hands

Many pilots keep their hands on the gear switch until receiving a positive gear-down indication.  This helps to prevent gear up landings by keeping the landing gear at the forefront of the pilot’s attention and helping him recognize failures earlier.

The same procedure should be used when extending or retracting the flaps, to help recognize a split flap condition.  By keeping your hand on the flap lever, you can more easily diagnose and correct a split flap condition before it becomes unrecoverable.

Bill Goebel, RTC Instructor

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