coppercity Posted April 16, 2012 Report Share Posted April 16, 2012 Just wanted to share an experience I had this afternoon during a landing in my CTLS. I had been bouncing around AZ all morning flying with various students between Bisbee, Tucson, and Benson. I was on my last stop before heading home to fly with a student in his Cherokee 180. The air was really rough today following a cold front passage late last night. It wasn't really windy but the air was very unstable and bumpy with lots of thermal activity. I set up for a landing on runway 28 at Benson in my CTLS using my standard 15 deg flap setting. Winds were variable between 200 deg and 320 deg at 7 to 14 knots. The approach was a bit of work using a lot of power management to maintain glide slope and speed. The touchdown was descent and uneventful, I was gradually slowing down from touchdown, not really applying brakes just coasting, nose wheel was down at this point and everything felt solid on the ground. I was just reaching for the brake after going to idle when I suddenly found myself 10 feet back in the air and 10 feet right of center and drifting quickly. I immediately jumped on the throttle as I was between 25-30 KIAS, I managed to stay in ground effect get back over centerline and land again. It really got my attention and makes me appreciate the quick response of the Rotax, and the great slow speed handling of the CT! I was glad for being at only 15 flaps, I'm not sure I could have gained back the speed quick enough with a higher flap setting. My guess was a thermal/dust devil crossed the runway at the same time I did giving me some lift when I didn't need it! Moral, never stop flying, always be ready for anything until its back in the hanger or tie-down and don't get complacent. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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