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Robert Pearlman

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posted 07-06-2005 09:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From Florida Today (via Bob Glass):
A one-time commander of the space shuttle Columbia was doing "fine" today after a landing mishap involving a twin-engine plane at the Space Coast Regional Airport, said Titusville Fire Battalion Chief Scott Gaenicke.

Retired Marine Lt. Col. Andrew Allen, who served as commander aboard Columbia in 1996 on the STS-75 mission and pilot on two other shuttle flights, was not injured. Allen landed the Piper Seneca V about 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, damaging the landing gear as the plane skidded to complete stop.

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posted 07-06-2005 12:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spacecraft films   Click Here to Email spacecraft films     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Glad he's ok. Meets the definition of a good landing: one you can walk away from. Might even meet the definition of a great landing: You can use the aircraft again.

As one who has recently learned to fly, I've learned that when it comes to landings, every pilot has good ones... and has bad ones!



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posted 07-06-2005 04:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I always tell my students that the hardest part about flying is the last 5 feet between the rubber and the runway. It's always kind of a challenge teaching people to land too. I've been through many, many, many "arrivals" myself, but those Cessnas are tough old birds and just bounce back for more. Last time I checked I had over 4,600 landings logged (and just as many takeoffs).


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