Andrew Dilworth, Capt, CAP
Director of Standards and Evaluation
|Capt Andrew Dilworth and CAP483|
|Maj Kevin McDowell at the controls|
|Covering up the Six-pack|
|CAP483 at Watsonville|
I invite all CAP pilots to contribute to this discourse and attend my quarterly landing clinics to see for themselves how this technique can improve their proficiency in making consistent 'red & white' approaches to land.
Photo's courtesy of Capt Dilworth, Capt Luneau, Lt Rivas
Lt. Col. Roger H. Glenn, SQ188
Major Kevin McDowell, SQ80
Sunday Mar 28th.....Landing Clinic. Noel and I went up with Andrew to fine tune our landing skills. Having had Andrew as a CFII, I knew I was in for a great learning experience and I was not disappointed. It was a great opportunity to re-examine a lot of skills I already had and to add some new insight and techniques. By the end of the session, we had several tips on how to more effectively execute the traffic pattern and landing. All in all, one of the most effective 1.2 hours of flying in a long time!
Capt Noel Luneau, SQ188
We met Andrew Sunday morning at SQ80 HQ. Andrew started with some probing questions about landing techniques with the goal of contrasting the set-airspeed approach and the concept of the constant-rate-descent approach. After we grasped the concept, it was time to put it into practice. The first sortie I got to sit in the back and watch and learn from Kevin's flight. It was enlightening when Andrew covered up the six pack with a blue sheet of paper, forcing Kevin's eyes out of the cockpit. Then it was my turn! The constant descent technique is an enlightening experience that greatly enhanced my situational awareness by forcing my head out of the cockpit and away from the covered up instruments. The airport environment can be very demanding and a good lookout is essential, especially at an uncontrolled field like Watsonville. I also learned that the best landing technique in the heavy-nosed Cessna 182 is not only to ensure that the stall horn is sounding during the flare, but that you should not be able to see over the nose in the final flare before the main wheels touch. Two thumbs up for Andrew's excellent instructional ability, the constant-descent-rate approach, and for taking a Sunday to spend with us.