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Oh yes. - Tina Marie's Ramblings
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Oh yes.
I made the perfect landing this weekend. In Michael's Twin Comanche.

The gang was going to lunch, and while my annual is done, it isn't signed off yet, so my plane is grounded. Michael suggested taking the twin, so we loaded up us and my CFII (who decided he didn't actually want to fly) and went to Breham.

The takeoff out of Weiser went pretty badly - I had to be reminded to raise the gear! - but I got it together and shot a wonderful approach into Brehnam. It made me feel a lot better about the IFR checkride (still scheduled for the 21st). The landing was okay, with one little bounce, but nothing to write home about.

Since Dan wasn't up to flying, I got the leg home too. Good takeoff, good altitude control on the way home. I got everything set up 10 miles out - I was down to pattern altitude and starting to slow down, and entered a nice wide pattern. We were heavy and it was hot, and Weiser is a bit on the short side to begin with, so Michael suggested a short field landing.

I dropped the gear abeam the numbers, abandoned blue line on base, and started slowing to 85 (Vmc is 90, to give you an idea of just how short-field this was). I got a tiny bit low on final, but fixed it nicely, and flew a nice 3 degrees glideslope down final. I had the crosswind correction dialed in, flared at just the right place, and had this gorgeous squeaker of a landing - one main, then the other, then the nose gear, all nice and soft.

I was proud of myself.

Current Mood: relaxed relaxed

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From: ptomblin_lj Date: August 9th, 2004 09:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I've never landed a twin, so I'm curious: if you go below Vmc, what do you do if an engine packs it in?
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: August 9th, 2004 10:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Vmc is the speed required to have enough rudder control to handle an engine failure with the other engine at full power.

On final, both engines are near-idle, so if one quits, you don't need nearly as much rudder control to prevent a Vmc roll, so it's safe to be below Vmc.

However, once you have gone below Vmc, you're committed to landing if an engine fails, because you won't be able to accelerate to Vxse (blueline) and climb. For a normal landing, you don't slow below Vmc until you cross the threshold, but for a short field you need to do it further out.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: August 9th, 2004 01:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
(that was, of course, Vyse, not Vxse)
From: ex_inviolet697 Date: August 9th, 2004 09:14 am (UTC) (Link)

The following expression:

"nothing to write home about"

...has changed. The new expression is:

"nothing to blog about"

Please make a note of it.
alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: August 10th, 2004 12:26 am (UTC) (Link)

You know what they say?

There are three things to bear in mind when making a perfect landing in a Twin Comanche. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

Your next landing will probably suck.

I'm having the same experience with the tow plane at Andreas - it's an Auster on a hard-surfaced runway, and the gear is very prone to bouncing if your touchdown is anything less than perfect. I can make perfect greasers every time if I only do wheel landings, but that's for wusses!
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