DescriptionAn approach and landing that is accomplished without the use of engine power to a specific point on the runway.
ObjectiveTo instill in the pilot the judgment and procedures necessary for accurately flying the airplane, without power, to a safe landing.
Procedure• Simulate engine failure. Fly a normal traffic pattern. Abeam a specified aiming point on the runway, apply carb heat and pull power to idle.• Establish a glide. Maintain altitude while slowing to best glide speed (65 KIAS) and trim to relieve control pressures.• Turn base. Use judgement to assess an appropriate distance from runway to start base turn. Plan accordingly for varying wind conditions. Flaps should not be added until landing on intended aiming point is assured.• Turn Final. Use judgement to assess an appropriate distance from runway to start final turn. Plan accordingly for varying wind conditions. Flaps should not be added until landing on intended aiming point is assured. “Heels on the floor and back” must be verbalized by the pilot flying on short final or go-around must be initiated.• Touchdown. Maintain 65 KIAS until short final. Transition to 60 KIAS and touchdown as normal.
Note: A go around during this maneuver will result in a failed maneuver on the checkride. For safety always go around if conditions warrant it.
ACS Standards• Complete the appropriate checklist.• Make radio calls as appropriate.• Plan and follow a flightpath to the selected landing area considering altitude, wind, terrain, and obstructions.• Select the most suitable touchdown point based on wind, landing surface, obstructions, and aircraft limitations.• Position airplane on downwind leg, parallel to landing runway.Correctly configure the airplane.• As necessary, correlate crosswind with direction of forward slip and transition to side slip for landing.• Touch down at a proper pitch attitude, within 200 feet beyond or on the specified point with no side drift and with the airplane’s longitudinal axis aligned with and over the runway centerline or landing path, as applicable.