Wheelbarrow Landings

Well, we all know what this is😂 A wheelbarrow landing is landing with the nose wheel first. Like a wheelbarrow! This can cause a nosewheel shimmy, weld fractures, bent tubes and could even cause a snapped nose leg!

The reason that this has happened is because you have touched down with far too much speed. With this much speed, the aircraft won’t land any other way than on its nose wheel. This puts the nose leg on an incredible amount of strain and aircraft becomes very difficult to steer


Bounced Landings

A bounced landing is when you bounce on landing… Duhh! This is more common than you may think. It can cause damage to the nose leg as well as damage to the main legs.

This happens because the aircraft is forced onto the runway before it slows to a sufficient speed. You will continue to bounce violently until the aircraft stalls.

You can correct this by holding the aircraft along the runway for slightly longer after your flare.


Crabbed Landings

A Crabbed landing is usually the result of a misjudged crosswind landing! This can also happen if a pilot has become used to landing from the left seat but lands on the right seat

One wing will be lifted as the wheels touch, combined with a screech from the tyres as they skid sideways. The aircraft will yaw and you will feel it lurch to one side. This is how you can tell if you have fallen a victim to a crabbed landing!

A pilot can become better at this through experience. They should become more aware of sideways drift. An instructor can be brought in for this!


Ground loop Landings

A Ground loop landing is when the aircraft will autorotate to one side. This may cause the wingtip to scrape on the ground. There will usually be hidden damage to the airframe.

This is usually caused by an uncontrolled and abrupt turn after landing or even during taxi!

The simple way to make sure that this doesn’t happen is to make sure you are concentrated on keeping the aircraft straight and make turns a controlled movement!



Bucket Landings

A bucket landing occurs in tailwheel aircraft. It is when the aircraft lands nose high. This causes the aircraft to land on the tailwheel. This is followed by fore-and-aft bucketing: the aircraft bouncing from mainwheels to tailwheel and back with increasing violence.

Bucketing can become increasingly violent and can cause a prop strike.

This can be avoided with proper training and the pilot memorising the runway attitude to avoid nose high landings.


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