- maintain altitude (4000' ASL) and reduce power (2000 rpm)
- At a safe speed, lower flaps to TO (middle) position
- After passing end of runway, reduce power again (1750 rpm)
- At a safe speed (white arc), lower flaps to down position
- Turn 180 degrees into final approach
- Maintain speed above 60 knots, ideally ~70 knots
- Reduce power to idle if necessary
- Aim for runway; maintain speed and continue to lose alitude
- As the aircraft sinks into the runway, pull back on elevator to control the sink rate
Step 9 is the most difficult. Everything is happening, and you're just a few feet off the ground, but still flying at 70 knots (~80 mph). Control movements need to be pretty extreme (I think). The next steps, by the way, involved touching down, then keeping the nose up (but not too much), and slowing down until you're not flying anymore. Then keep steering with the rudder pedals and coast to near the end of the runway, where brakes are applied. Throttle at idle if not already.
On my first attempt I came in too high, and instructor decided to do a go-around. Back to full power, gentle back pressure on elevator until well above stall speed; climb out, go around. Our second attempt was a touch-and-go, where we made contact but continued and took off again; the third time was a charm and I landed it ok. Really a little hard but not bad.
Cockpit of the Diamond 20. Student sits on left (captain's seat).
- stick (center of seats) - controls pitch (nose up/down) and roll (wing up/down)
- rudder pedals (in foot well) - controls yaw (nose left and right)
- In center divider (silver):
- far right = fuel mixture control
- center = throttle
Other things I look at are the altimeter; the climb rate indicator; the airspeed indicator; and the tachometer.