When it comes to flying, there’s little room for error and absolutely none for errors driven by panic, especially if you’re coming in for a landing on a moving target such as an aircraft carrier.
For comparison—the average length of a USAF is around 11,000 feet (there are bases with three different runways as aircraft sizes require different lengths; a C5 Galaxy, for example, requires a far longer runway—especially if loaded—than an F-15.)
A US Navy aircraft carrier has an average length of 1092 feet.
Regardless of runway length, however—or whether it’s stationary or moving—a pilot must be focused, alert and, above all, calm.
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If he or she isn’t, disaster can occur, as shown in the video below as a student attempts to land a T2 Buckeye training plane. The incident occurred on October 29, 1989 abord the U.S.S. Lexington.
The video is shot from different cameras around the flight deck; the footage shows the student rolling out of his final turn behind the carrier. The pilot “calls the ball,” telling the Landing Signal Officer standing on a platform on the port side near the stern that he sees the glideslope indicator.
QUESTION: I have a terrible time sticking to a task. I get distracted real easily and it’s getting in the way of my training goals. How can I break this habit?
ANSWER: Check out this article—10 Tips to Improve Mental Focus.
QUESTION: Coach, I want to start using a jump rope in my workouts. But it’s been years since I’ve used one. Like probably not since I was a kid. I was wondering if you had some tips and tricks for me?
ANSWER: Yes; check out this article: Jump Rope Tips and Workouts.