Leighton Collins’ Takeoffs and Landings—the Crucial Maneuvers and Everything
in Between provides expert, flight-tested techniques pilots need in these
critical phases of flight, in every contingency of arrival and departure, VFR
and IFR, single and twin, tricycle gear and taildragger.
Now back in print, this revived aviation classic is about the realities of
flying into and out of an airport, the practical matters of taking off and
landing safely and skillfully, every time. Collins’s classic text is full of
analysis and insight into each and every takeoff and landing—not only why things
happen, but how to manipulate the factors toward the desired results. Trim,
control feel, flaring, correcting imperfections, airplane design
characteristics, atmospheric conditions, pilot skill or lack thereof, airport
design, flight trends — it's all in here, with emphasis throughout on stall/spin
avoidance and the inherent risks of flying low and slow.
Readers will find five different ways of touching down, three ways of landing
crosswind, an excellent description of a light twin on takeoff with one engine
out, and an account of a perfect flight and a good landing from takeoff.