Timing Your Flare

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15 Comments to Timing Your Flare

  1. Mirandorl April 29, 2015

    Hey! Its Rod :) He taught me to fly in FSX. Thanks Rod!

  2. corisco tupi April 29, 2015

    Good tutorial, thanks for sharing. I recall reading a number of articles
    back in the 70s in *Flying Magazine* that called this the “perspective
    break” method. Those were great articles back in the day, but they are no
    match for actual presentations, live graphics, video. 

  3. Pastor Willie Robison April 29, 2015

    Rod, this was a true epiphany for me. I will use it during my next flight.
    Additionally, I will pass this technique on to my students. Thanks. 

  4. dkeberhard April 29, 2015

    As usual, Rod explains yet another technique that is extremely useful and
    easily learned. I somehow learned this technique when learning to land
    T-38s from the back seat, which is where you sit when you are an Instructor
    Pilot. You see, from the back seat of a T-38, you cannot see very much
    looking straight ahead as you round out and flare so you have to use
    techniques such as this one. The other clue is using your peripheral vision
    to judge the runway width as it appears when you are the proper height
    above the pavement when in the round out. So as you approach the runway,
    you start your round out when you see the “runway expansion” and you judge
    your height based on your perception of the runway width with your
    peripheral vision. I used these same techniques when I transitioned to the
    KC-135 aircraft and it took about 2 attempts to perfect my landings in that
    aircraft. One word of caution is that when you land on runways that have a
    narrow width compared to what you are used to, you can have a tendency to
    round out a little late (and vice versa). On a side note, I highly
    recommend Rod’s Private Pilot books – they are outstanding. (You can see
    some of my flying videos on my channel.)

  5. Ignacio Lujan April 29, 2015

    Thank you! This is what I just needed to help with my landings. 

  6. dronald777 April 29, 2015

    In going back and watching videos of my landings I find that I am timing my
    flare at just the point taught in this video.This seems like a great
    technique for students struggling with when to flare.

  7. NeonsStyle April 29, 2015

    I was always taught to watch for the runway flattening out as the moment to
    begin the flaire. Once I was told that, it all became much easier. This
    seems to be a variation of the same effect. Very useful tips.

  8. Tomm Smith April 29, 2015

    I can see this method and video being quintessential to learning a proper
    and solid foundation for a good flare. It is proving to be a rather tricky
    thing. Thank you.

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  9. Faiz Fadil April 29, 2015

    Amazing video! So simple and i really understood it.

  10. elgordo496 April 29, 2015

    Thanks SO much for this video. I did my first landing today after watching
    this. The landing went great and my instructor was impressed!

  11. Jason Hallenborg April 29, 2015

    This is the technique that I learned that solved my stall and drop in
    landings. I had the stabilized approach and approach speed. I had no idea
    when to roll out and flare. I guessed. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it
    did not. When I met Rod Machado, I told him how much this technique helped
    my landings. I discovered that this sudden expansion occurs over the aiming
    point and before the touchdown point. I also learned that if you can’t see
    the end of the runway during the flare, you flared too much.

  12. garth949 April 29, 2015

    is this Ksna?

  13. Dave F Ryan April 29, 2015

    I have been using the Johnston’s technique for many years with this
    technique on the left hand side of the runway with the hold off focused on
    the far end of threshold. This version would make it easier when doing a
    conversion on a newer type. The more one fly’s a single type, the more set
    patterns of that types handling set in and changing to an other type with
    different features, is a learning blockage.

  14. kingmcbrian April 29, 2015

    Thank you rod mochado!!! :D 

  15. Myrah Xavier Yakop April 29, 2015

    Damn, i always screw the FLARE thing….. thanks for the video. 

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This video with Rod Machado deals with the essential element of landinging…transitioning to the level-off and judging the flare. This is a technique I personally use quite often: “Focus near…
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