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Stabilized Approach and Landing

Monday, August 12, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

The General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) is a government-industry group that manages efforts to reduce fatal general aviation accidents. The GAJSC meets about four times a year to review GA accident trends, establish areas for special emphasis, and share information.

The GAJSC topic of the month discusses the importance of establishing and maintaining a stabilized approach and landing to avoid a loss of control.  A stabilized approach is one in which the pilot establishes and maintains a constant angle glide path towards a predetermined point on the landing runway. It is based on the pilot’s judgment of certain visual clues, and depends on the maintenance of a constant final descent airspeed and configuration. Whether you’re a CFI, a student pilot, or anything in between the GAJSC’s Loss of Control Working Group has some teaching points to help brush up on stabilized approach and landing techniques.