Flight Test Items – 15. Approach and Landing

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To determine that the candidate can approach and land safely using the correct procedure and technique for the actual wind conditions, landing area surface and length (or those specified by the examiner) and to assess the possibility of such further conditions such as wake turbulence.


The candidate will be required to demonstrate a landing appropriate to the conditions that exist, or those specified by the examiner. When the examiner specifies simulated conditions such as field conditions, obstacles on approach and the landing area available to the candidate, they will be clearly specified prior to commencing the exercise.

Assessment of approaches and landings will be based on the candidate's ability to select the proper approach profile for the actual or simulated conditions.

Performance Criteria

Assessment will be based on the candidate’s ability to:

  1. use procedures appropriate to the wind conditions, landing surface and obstructions;

  2. establish the recommended approach and landing configuration;

  3. maintain directional control throughout the approach and landing;

  4. make smooth, timely, and correct control applications during the approach and landing;

  5. touch down smoothly for existing conditions, within the specified touchdown zone;

  6. complete appropriate checks;

  7. after landing, clear the landing area;

  8. park the aircraft properly, considering the safety of nearby persons or property.
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