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Spot Landings and Landing over Obstacles – Control your touchdown location

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According to the proverb, a good landing comes from a good approach. While that’s certainly true, like everything else in life, there’s always more to it. That is, if you’ve been around aviation for a while, you’ve often been told what the airplane is supposed to do in each landing circumstance, but understanding how to do it is what really counts. This article explains how to deal with two additional challenges faced by RC pilots beyond the normal landing procedure: landing on a small runway and dealing obstacles at the end of the approach runway.

Because these scenarios require you to pay close attention to precise altitude and throttle control throughout the landing approach, there won’t much time to think about realigning if the plane is not initially lined up with the runway. So, hopefully, you’ve been taught or have read my previous articles detailing how to use ground references to set up a normal landing and adjust for wind to routinely exit the final turn already lined up with the runway. Those of you who haven’t yet learned how to set up a landing pattern to line up with the runway centerline will need to work on that before you can expect to conquer any additional…



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