The Art Behind a Comfortable Landing: How Pilots Calculate Bringing an Aircraft to the Ground

They say that what goes up must come down and landing an airliner is probably the most challenging part of the job. Guiding a 190ton aircraft with 220 people on board to an area just 60m wide and a few hundred metres long takes great skill, judgement and concentration.

However, the thought process for the landing actually begins even before the flight has taken off. Weights need to be calculated, weather forecasts need to be evaluated and the details of the runways available need to be check – and not just at the planned destination.

Achieving a safe, successful landing takes a lot of thought and planning. Here’s how we do it.

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