Guard against landing long, by Bob Reed

Guard against landing long


Bob Reed, Aviation Safety Videos

Land or go around? If you’re coming in high on a short field, delaying that decision could send you over the end of the runway and leave you with your nose in the grass—or worse. Pilots can guard against landing long by always landing in the first third of the runway, but some don’t notice they’ve passed that point until they touch down and it’s too late. John Cutcher, a designated pilot examiner at the FAA’s Baltimore Flight Standards District Office and pilot based at Lee Airport in Annapolis, Md., has proposed establishing runway markings to ensure that pilots always know when they’ve reached the decision point to go around. Watch a discussion of Cutcher’s proposal and advice on short field landings on the Aviation Safety Videos Web site.