Hello again everyone, just wanted to share my thoughts and advice on how I make those tires squeal when I touch the pavement. So the problem a lot of people have is once they get close to the ground they flare way too aggressively which causes their aircraft to go back up in altitude, loose airspeed, and then drop like a rock back onto the runway. Trust me, I have done this countless times in real life and on IF. If you have ever heard of the term “ground effect” and know what it means then this is what is causing your “almost perfect landings.” For those of you that do not know, ground effect is the effect of added aerodynamic buoyancy produced by a cushion of air below a plane (or any vehicle) moving close to the ground.
This “cushion” of air produced from vortices is what holds an aircraft from touching down right away. Because of this, you need to be more gentle with your flare and let ground effect work with you. One of the things that lots of people struggle with is they see the ground coming up and want to flare early so they do not hit the pavement hard. But they do not consider the fact that ground effect will slow their rate of decent down before that happens. As everything does, it takes practice to master smooth landings and each aircraft is a little different considering size and weight, but knowing how ground effect works is a key component when learning how to land.
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