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5 years, 9 months ago
A pilot recently had an issue involving the nose wheel bouncing several times before settling down during landing. Setup was as follows:
Cessna 162 Skycatcher Simulated short field landing.
Full Flaps, per POH
Approach speed 50 KIAS per POH
Headwind 6 knots
Good condition, paved runway
Pilot has 30 hour in this specific airplane, ~100 landings in this specific airplane and has not experienced this before.
During the touchdown, the following happened:
Pilot flared at correct altitude.
Plane touched down, main gear first. Main gear remained on runway.
Nose wheel then bounced 3-5 times before settling down on the runway.
Note: Bounce was not pronouced enough to cause a tail strike
This felt to the pilot like a PIO, but it was not a Porpoise as described in this
Is this a PIO?
Why did the nosewheel bounce?
How can the pilot prevent this from happening in the future?
Should this occur again, how can the pilot minimizes the nose bounces?
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Jun 22, 2017 at 21:20
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Sounds most like the pilot released back pressure on the control stick abruptly once the main wheels touchdown. The idea here is that you gently lower the nose wheel to the pavement once the mains are on the ground in order to prevent that kind of a bounce. As I recall the Cessna 162 has a tendency to bounce on the nose wheel as well as to porpoise if the landing attitude is not done correctly it's just a quirk of that airplane.
Jun 23, 2017 at 0:13
Carlo Felicione Carlo Felicione
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