Firstly, the flare is when yiu begin to pitch the aircraft up a few degrees to reduce the descent rate. As for being confident with takeoffs and landing, don’t stress about it. I’m grade 3 and my landings sre absolute ****. Just remember a few things
- APPR is an amazing tool! Don’t be afraid to use it. I personally disconnect it at 200 ft AGL. That way, it guides you in to the runway on the correct vertical and horizontal profile.
- Do NOT raise the nose in the flare to much. Obviously because you don’t want a tailstrike, but also, hold the attitude. Don’t try and go for a smooth landing, or “butter” as a lot of people say. Go for the touch down zone. A good and safe landing isn’t defined by how smooth it os; it is if it is in the touchdwon zone. When you flare, just hold that and eventually, the airplane will come down; but don’t let it float too long or you might not have enough runway, especially on shorter fields.
- Remeber, “you can always go around”
As for takeoff, just set about 92% N1 (N1 is the little number above the throttle), know your rotation speed, make sure you have the correct flap setting, and rotate at a nice smooth rate. 2-2.5 degrees per second is a good place to start.
For both landing and takeoffs, just maintain centreline with the rudder, don’t over correct and like others have said, it is all about smoothness. Practice and you’ll be fine!