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This Is Why Flying A Stabilized Approach Is So Important

A stabilized approach to landing is crucial for anyone, even a fighter pilot. This Su-35 pilot bounced the landing, then nearly lost control of the aircraft as it settled back down on the runway. The left wingtip rail struck the ground, and fortunately, the pilot was able to get the jet back on all three landing gear.

Nobody tries to fly an unstable approach, but sometimes it happens. The next time it happens to you, just go around and try it again.

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Colin Cutler

Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at

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