(Note: in this example I'm taking speeds from a Cessna 172)
I was taught that on downwind, you fly at pattern altitude at a normal power setting until you beam the numbers, at which you reduce power (to 1800 RPM.. ish) and start your descent. I was also told that the speed of each leg of the descent should be 80 (downwind), 70 (crosswind), and 60 (on final), and you add 10° of flaps each leg.
I'm running into two related problems:
- On downwind, my airspeed can be 100-100 knots. This means I float for awhile at pattern altitude after beaming the numbers to get my airspeed down before starting the descent. I can't extend flaps until I'm under 80 knots and in the white arc.
- My goal is not to add power after I've taken it out. Idea is to control the landing enough that I can still make the runway during an engine out. If I reduce the power a lot to hit 80 knots, I end up having to add a bunch of power on final to make the runway. If I keep the nose high and drop airspeed after beaming the numbers, I end up floating too far away before starting my descent, causing me to fly a larger pattern, and the need to add power to make the runway.
How do I control the speed and power setting to have a graceful pattern and smooth power setting while landing?