Since posting this last article, from your friendly FAAST Team, I have received several emails asking for clarification on the words wheel barrow; wheel and barrow or any mixture of those words. Well, we all know what a wheel is, right? Usually round, contains metal and air and rubber. Three of those with the plane on top (unless we are looking at an amphibious aircraft, which may have more, or an airliner, which may have confusingly more) usually make a good landing. They chirp, or scream, sometimes they even explode on touchdown, which is really just another word for landing. Fortunately, FlightPrep has not filed a patent on landing any aircraft on it’s wheels, otherwise it would become terribly expensive to fly and landing would be pretty much filthily expensive! In any case, for those others, who wonder what a wheel barrow may do:
- Option : A cart or flat rectangular tray with handles at each end.
- Option : (A Barrow) A a castrated male domestic pig. Schweinerei!
I wasn’t able to locate a castrated male domestic pig for interviewing, but, the poor thing is probably not very happy.
Lets just say this:
If you land according to the rules in the flying bible, your main wheels will touch the ground softly, just at the right speed and time. The position of the stars, martial status or amount of money in your checking account has nothing to do with it. Your landing is finished when you manage to taxi the airplane back to the ramp without pieces hanging from it or people having to push! If it takes full power to make it to the ramp, you may have shaved your gear off, or converted the black rubber things to flat, lifeless containers of nothing.
Many airplanes develop severe vibrations on the front wheel (that’s the smaller one, where the air processor ;commonly referred to as PROPELLER is) which can then become terribly sick and collapse. We call that vibration a wheel shimmy and it can lead to a nose gear collapse, or sometimes a structural gear failure. If that shimmy is ignored, or taken to the extreme it can shear the little wheel thing smack off the airplane which may cause severe upset of the whole shebang. Your airplane may turn over, sideways, upside down or convert itself into a smoking pile of smoldering rubbish. NOT GOOD! In the end, you may be made to feel like our Mr. Piggy, shown above. Stick around short field airports and watch the local matadors practice their landings. Especially when it’s windy, many of these guys actually come steaming into the airport (speed = retention of unconverted energy) and may skip picking the nose up to land all-together!
In essence: Land right and there won’t be any pigs involved. Nor will you need a wheel barrow (Option 1) to clear the aircraft off the runway.
Hope this helps!