Learn to Fly : Airplane Landing for Pilot Training

Learn to Fly : Airplane Landing for Pilot Training

On behalf of Expert Village, my name is Rodney
Fielitz. I’m a certified flight instructor in Cottonwood, AZ and I’m here to give you
the basics of what it takes to become a pilot. As we come into the airport we enter at a
forty-five degree angle. The reason we enter at a forty-five degree angle, its uncontrolled
airport, so we have separation between other airplanes, but I come into the airport once
I get to a point where I know I’m close enough, then I turn down wind. Preferably the wind
will be inner head or a nose before we land; then again we already know the length is going
to be a tail width. We parallel the runway and we come in, even the numbers, we bring
our power back and we set ourselves up for a landing. By doing so I bring the power back
and I’ll also start slowing my air speed down. My air speed for landing is about eighty-five
out here, eighty on crosswind, and about seventy-five on final. So when I come out here again it’s
all part of the judgment that we teach you. Once the angle to the runway over here, can
you see the runway. Once the angle to the runway, what I want to do is make my turn
so when I come in I’m not over shooting or undershooting the runway and I’m lined up
right with the runway. Now again the wind is a little bit out of the southeast, so it
did blow me a little bit. I’m going to bring my power back, going to bring my flaps in
and also that tail wind is going to blow me down the runway and I’m a little high because
of the tail wind again. So you just got to kind of ride it out, it will eventually come
on down and you bring it in and line it up to the runway. Let her settle down, slow down
and bring her in nice
and smooth, little bit too much. We hit the ground. That’s a disadvantage’s of landing
with a tail wind and that’s what happens. So we safely made it on the ground one more
time. Tail wind? Pushes you down the runway, you waste a lot of runway.


  • matolies

    June 11, 2009

    Awful. Just awful.

  • ravikenyanboy

    June 21, 2009

    During a communication failure whilst on a VFR approach what are the correct procedures?
    are u just suppose to perform a standard overhead join and then integrate into the pattern by looking at the signal squares or are u suppose to circle overhead till light signals are beamed at you

  • Sean

    June 22, 2009

    Well I know that you should sqawk 7500. That is the "I cannot contact anyone due to a communation falure". That's all I know

  • xybervid

    July 17, 2009

    Let's just say: that was not up to PTS standards.

  • therabbit0

    July 19, 2009

    lmao i know


    July 26, 2009

    You are an expert? Why would you want to land with a tailwind?You should tell everyone , not to do this type of landing.

  • John Bootle

    July 27, 2009

    Example of why to not land in a tailwind. Wasn't a good one, but he touched down smooth and everyone lived, LOL.

    But seriously, I see tons of little kids comment here and say "no good pilot" or BS like that. EVERYONE has bad landings. I remember a flight landing at KLAS on a southwest 737-700 and the thing floated and then bounced three times. We all have bad landings.

    …But the guy does sound like he's been smoking some grass. LOLL

  • Joshua Crowell

    July 31, 2009

    i think he was a little high from something besides the wind hell even i know not to land in a tailwind on fs2004 i usually do a go arround and land into the wind on the other end of the runway rather than get pushed off by a strong tailwind. ive got over 500 hours in all different aircraft on fs2004. yeah i know i have no life but its gonna help if and when i actaully do start taking lessons.

  • dylanhelmer

    August 3, 2009

    yes it will, fs9 and fsx are as real as it gets, flight sim wise i got my PPL recently and from everything u learn on flightsim makes flight school go easier, dont let anyone say it isnt helpful, trust me, i think fs9 and fsx made my flight school life way easier then u know, goin in not knowin a thing.

  • dylanhelmer

    August 3, 2009

    yea haha why would u land with tailwind on an isntructional video? oh well i guess if u got 500 pounds of fuel left and need to land right away go for the tailwind, but rodney come on, u had enough pal

  • polarbear60

    August 4, 2009

    Procedure wise it will help, but flying for real is so different!

  • polarbear60

    August 7, 2009

    You suck!

  • cessna421ace

    August 19, 2009

    Sometimes landing, or even taking off with a tailwind is more beneficial/safer than taking off and landing into the wind. Obstacles and climb gradients are one reason for possibly taking off with a tailwind. Some airports are one way in and out and you have no choice to takeoff with a tailwind. Just be sure you do not exceed limitations for your aircraft in landing with a tailwind. I have landed with many tailwinds – even in jets. It's not unsafe as some people on here think.

  • nano4288

    September 6, 2009

    Sometimes I wonder why Expert Village has certain things. How to cook a steak, fine. How to improve your slapshot, okay. But how to fly a freaking plane? Next thing you know Expert Village is going to try to teach us how to build a space ship or travel to Mars. Sure it's a cool video for enthusiasts who don't have and don't plan on getting a PPL but I really hope nobody tries to actually learn to fly from a YouTube video. And about flight sims, my flight school uses FSX in its ground school.

  • John Bootle

    September 8, 2009

    This guy is so high. You can hear him coughing..no doubt he's smoking the bong in there even the camera guy didn't film him much.

    "I'm a little high." Couldn't tell.

  • horseburger

    September 12, 2009

    Landing with a tailwind increases your distance required to land and stop the plane. It is not unsafe if you have the space required, you just touch down at a higher ground speed. The runway at Manston in the UK is so long and one ends near the coast it sometimes has a tailwind at both ends.

  • polarbear60

    September 18, 2009

    FSX helps with procedures, I feel it helped me a little to fly the real thing.

  • Diego Bazin Zamora

    September 19, 2009

    lol haha cool

  • Tom Masterson

    September 20, 2009

    god this video is crap

  • saevaroa

    September 24, 2009

    I always try to avoid landing in a direction that gives you tailwind if possible.

  • 7pivot7master

    September 29, 2009

    i just avoid landing

  • albanyjohn

    October 9, 2009

    The only thing worse than hearing your pilot say Whoops… is when your surgeon says it.

  • airste172

    October 19, 2009

    Good grief! The guy sounds like he's on drugs or maybe had a stiff cocktail for breakfast. That might explain why he chose to land downwind and ended up planting the right main wheel on the centerline.

  • Ben Vaughan

    October 22, 2009

    What real instructor would say for that horrific landing;
    Wait 'till you at a 90 degrees angle with the runway, pul up to 3G on a late base leg, make a wide range of exuses on how high and fast you are, baloon all the way down the runway until the plane stall and you plant the right wheel on the left side of the runway, all the while making stupid exuses.

  • Ben Vaughan

    November 2, 2009

    I like the way he goes high pitched on touchdown
    " Oops… we hit the ground"
    Thank you Captain Obvious

  • Christopher Stevenson

    November 6, 2009

    i like how nearly every comment is obviously from people who aren't pilots. Or even have any stick time.

  • Victor Correa

    November 24, 2009

    if ur just learning to fly avoid landing with tailwind…and whats up with the right base leg..?? at least in my country its always left base , specially in uncontrolled airports ..just curious

  • ccubsfan94

    December 22, 2009

    Should be called idiot village. You at all times to try to not land with tailwind. In uncontrolled you have decision and In controlled usually the active runwys are into wind.

  • John Bootle

    January 2, 2010

    Lol, thanks. I noticed that he makes no traffic call outs whatsoever. His video where he does the run ups is even funnier….

  • Gixxer Jax

    January 15, 2010

    ahahaha… thats why they've learnt to anesthetize you beforehand so that you cant hear them when they say "whoops".. haha

  • peteheatb3

    January 21, 2010

    I would be amazed if this guy really got his CFI rating. All his guidance in performing a landing is so unhelpful to a student pilot, especially on the flare… "Bring her in nice and smooth" how can anyone follow that advice? Not to mention the absence of radio calls, calling the base leg a crosswind leg, and overshooting the centerline then landing left of centerline after floating down the runway. Oh also where's the pre landing checklist? The list can go on and on…

  • Tony D

    February 10, 2010

    Wow…No radio calls? Landing with a tailwind? What if someone else is landing "correctly" with the headwind at the other end of the runway? Can you say "Oh Sh*t" ???

  • Nicholas Jones

    February 18, 2010

    He also called the base leg the crosswind leg.

  • Truckerbob007

    February 27, 2010

    @peteheatb3 You took the words right out of my mouth…….I'm surprised this guy has a license, let alone and instructor's license.

  • boliver shagnasty

    March 6, 2010

    My Capt buddy says alot guys become instructers, just to accumulate hours.

  • Jamesfromnyc

    April 6, 2010

    I appreciate what he is trying to do but there are many mistakes in what he says and does. The most apparent and important is not using or even mentioning a checklist and also not sure what he was talking about refering to wind while on final. While it shows the basic mechanics, it is not a very good learning tool.

  • Jamesfromnyc

    April 6, 2010

    I wanted to add, it is a good lesson in that is show a 30yr instructor making mistakes that any pilot or student pilot will pick up on instantly. 1. No radio call. 2. no checklist. 3 improper reasoning for entering downwind at 45 deg. 4. No scanning for traffic. Thats just off the top

  • Austin Monks

    April 23, 2010

    Seriously, a tailwind on finals????your crazy putting this video up, expert village my ass

  • DanTheSasquatch

    June 3, 2010

    @sampleguy2009 Maybe you cannot get a pilots license, but all the pilots I know are great people and they wouldn't mind giving people rides. Most pilots I know will take almost anyone they know flying, and a lot of times even let them take the controls. Just because you cannot earn your pilots license does not mean you should let your dreams of flying die! =)

  • 1Mitera

    June 19, 2010

    @SoCalFlyer1 AHAHHAHAHA

  • Slartibartfast

    June 20, 2010

    Crikey – I land Jumbo's better in FSX and I don't even have a license!

  • KingOfBanks

    June 27, 2010

    The title says "for Pilot Training"… holy Santaclause s**t!
    Trainee pilots should not be landing downwind, and definately shouldn't be taught that the picture presented here is ok. Way too high AND a tailwind? I wish GA pilots in Australia could have runways long enough to do that…

  • Zane Carmichael

    July 28, 2010

    LoL we made it safely on the ground.. one more time 😀

  • lenvanover

    August 1, 2010

    not very articulate. let it settle down???what does that mean to a student?

  • DanTheSasquatch

    August 15, 2010

    @sampleguy2009 I encourage your dreams and you call me a liar? That seems really nice. Why don't you just try?

  • zaphr89

    August 27, 2010

    @jagara1 Yeah, thats because FSX isn't very realistic, ever thought of that? I'd like to see you land an airplane in reality, then i'd trust your statement.

  • Slartibartfast

    August 27, 2010

    @SoCalFlyer1 good point – I have flown a bit myself and can confirm from my own experience that fsx is harder, as a generalisation, than the real thing.
    Of course they are very different – fsx is a very good basis for real world flying as long as one practises the correct patterns etc within fsx.

  • cesario7777

    September 23, 2010


  • xmodfreak2011

    October 22, 2010

    @jagara1 From my experience, all sims are harder than the real thing because you can't feel whats going on.

  • LeeChavezMusic

    November 18, 2010

    @SoCalFlyer1 Lol! Hahahahahaha!

  • Sith Lord

    November 28, 2010

    that was a terrible landing its called crosswind and tailwind inputs to counteract those forces

  • turkeysandwich11

    November 30, 2010

    Oh of course. Let's learn to fly an airplane…on behalf of expertvillage. *facepalm*

  • devanoo2

    December 9, 2010

    ill trust a 2 minute video with my life in a plane !!!!!!!!!!! thanks expert village!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Cessna693

    December 19, 2010

    LOL "80 on crosswind" I can't believe this guys a CFI

  • PforPlanefly

    December 29, 2010

    48 people crash landed…

  • Michael Donavon

    January 13, 2011

    OK, why did you land with a tail wind? I heard you talking about landing downwind, a couple of times. "Preferably you want a head wind?" Sorry, as a rookie, with less than a 1000 hrs, I don't ever remember, purposely, landing downwind. Also, "on crosswind?" – no, that's the Base leg. (agreed, it IS a crosswind, BUT,..ah, ah, ah it is the pattern's BASE leg. Oh well…..

  • coltsigma

    January 28, 2011

    are you even a PPL holder as that was tellipathetic sorry man

  • Richard Soos

    January 29, 2011

    Dude, the guy in the beginning is the one that needs weed, NOT the fukin pilot!

  • Charlie TM

    February 14, 2011

    @katanaguy100 i don't even have my PPL yet, but it's common sense. and i agree w/ everything you said!.


    February 20, 2011

    afgan flight training

  • umbc91

    April 3, 2011

    i didnt know santa was a flight instructor

  • dudeproductions100

    April 4, 2011

    i watched 3 seconds of this video before I knew he was reading off of a script he never seen before

  • Weefles

    April 9, 2011

    Crazy piper pilots and their tailwinds

  • ShibbySweet91

    April 19, 2011

    @albanyjohn whoops isnt bad, OH SHIT is bad

  • therabbit0

    April 23, 2011

    " What I wanna do is make my turn so Im not overshooting or undershooting the runway.." (as he overshoots the runway) I lawled

  • levygonz

    April 24, 2011

    @albanyjohn that's why the anesthetic business has tons of cash

  • thepod24

    May 12, 2011

    i feel bad for any student that has this guy as an instructor

  • A M

    May 20, 2011

    Well thats one way to get a Piper to use most of what looks like a 2km runway…..?

  • ftrCFplt

    June 3, 2011

    Why is this guy landing with a tailwind???

  • mukusman

    June 11, 2011

    53 people are scared of flight, let alone flying on their own

  • GNagle66

    June 27, 2011

    his voice is very annoying

  • Aj

    July 19, 2011

    lets see how many comments i can make….

    -he looks like santa and his voice is unbearable
    -the person filming on the RIGHT side seat was to the LEFT of centerline upon touchdown
    – you don't ever want to land with a tailwind for obvious safety reasons
    -you used the entire runway because you came in WAY to high, not just cuz of the tailwind..its cuz u cant land a plane.

    I cannot people like this get certified to instruct..its truly scary

  • Eagle Pilot

    July 21, 2011

    Wow talk about off centerline and hes trying to instruct a video on landing lol

  • tnhl77

    April 1, 2012

    so why did you not approach form the other side if you knew you had a tailwind?

  • Anata No Senei

    September 4, 2012

    In an uncontrolled airport you need to make position reports………why didn't you do that?

  • TheJotzanG

    September 7, 2012

    Never land with a tail wind, you should have approached the runway from the other direction with the head wind. you could have had the wind help slow you down bro.

  • Wesley Groth

    November 4, 2012

    i bragg that i have 19/30 vision will this hault my ability to fly a plane?

  • Arthur Zielinski

    March 3, 2013

    You shouldn't be teaching to land with a tailwind – bad airmanship.

  • jetroar17

    April 15, 2013

    I just hope this video won't get anybody killed. HORRIBLE AIRMANSHIP!!

  • hawker800FO

    May 11, 2013

    20/20 corrected

  • Tha Realest

    June 9, 2013

    Nice job on maintaing centerline

  • jefar amoose

    August 6, 2015

    Landing with a tailwind ? No position reports ?

  • 陈姆华

    November 22, 2017

    di fai suai si ke yi jiang di .


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