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Turning approach to landing

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This has been rediscovered lately and is being researched. One of the claimed benefits is "safety" as well as ease of learning.

When you are abeam your landing point, you idle, trim and use flaps at your discretion. But instead of turning base, you start a shallow banked turn and turn continuously until you are on short final to land. You can and will have to very the bank angle to make up for wind drift and misjudgments.

The 'safety' side is that pilots will never stall/spin again. That is because they will never have to make a sharp banked turn from base to final.

If you have seen my subtle opinions sneaking through, you already know I am not in favor of this at all!

I will also freely admit that I have yet to actually try it!

Issues I see are trying to use this approach when the airport is busy. I have seen 3.9 NM on the GPS when the tower called my base. LIkewise how many times do you really get to start your landing when abeam of the numbers?

You will spend a lot of time losing sight of the runway in high wing planes and a lot of time without being able to see the approach area due to wing or fuselage blocking your view.

Steep turns may still be needed due to winds or misjudgement of the approach path.

I think that the concentration of ground track will increase the possibility of stalling and increase the potential of a gear up landing.

My old fashion opinions aside, WHAT do YOU think of this?
Date: Jul 16, 2017   


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