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What makes a landing “smooth” to a pilot?

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What makes a landing “smooth” to a pilot?
Ernie Lam, Toronto
While saying goodbye to deplaning passengers, I know for certain that I made a “greaser” (pilot talk for a smooth landing) when they say “nice landing,” or when a flight attendant pipes up. Passengers notice how quiet landings are when the loud, rumbling reverse thrust is used less. And avoiding a “thud” on landing is much easier on a wet landing strip. When I fly into the world’s busiest airports, where it’s usually a “get on and get off” operation, there is often less room for finessing to get that greaser.


Doug Morris
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