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Need help on centerline alignment on short final and touchdown landings

Asked by: 2427 views Private Pilot, Student Pilot

My pattern and approach work has improved after changing instructors and training at KPAO which is closer to work and home. The only thing I need to work on noted by my instructor is to better get aligned with the runway centerline. I tend to either land too far left or right. Any tips on this?

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  1. Mark Kolber on Mar 03, 2013

    Ben, try this from my FAQ page:

    How Come I Always Land Left of Centerline with the Airplane Crooked?
    http://www.midlifeflight.com/faq/faq.php?s=2#10

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  2. Carl Tyler on Mar 06, 2013

    I suffered from landing to the left of center line for years, it would drive me crazy, every time I would do it, I knew I was going to do it and couldn’t figure out why I kept doing it.

    Basically I think I was being too smart for my own good and over compensating for what I thought the angle should appear like. I then read somewhere to land it as if my butt was going to be on the center line and that fixed it for me.

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  3. Jimi Yang on Mar 07, 2013

    I would put the center line aligned with my right leg if I’m in the PIC sit. using aileron to control the center line, using rudder to align the longitudinal.

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