GO AROUND AFTER THE FIRST LARGE BOUNCE! If you just sit there it can only get worse, take decisive action, GO AROUND!
Failure to take correct go around action to recover from a BAD LANDING is an example or very poor decision making skills usually as a result of never having been taught how to deal with a large balloon or bounce. Taking such recovery action should be instinctive by first solo and taught in such a way that the student never forgets how to deal immediately with the problem. Since writing this initial article the above aircraft G-ASIL, which I recently flew on a FI course, ended up at Halfpenny Green looking like this as a result of poor ADM skills!
Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee, G-AYAR
Location: Exeter Airport
Date of occurrence: 12 March 2013
Category: General Aviation – Fixed Wing
The pilot was carrying out a VFR flight fromSouthend Airport to Exeter Airport. He had downloaded the weather from the internet which indicated good visibility and a high, scattered cloud base with strong, blustery winds from the north-east. The transit to Exeter was uneventful with occasional turbulence and the aircraft was established on the final approach at about 70 kt IAS for Runway 08, with full flap selected. The 1320hrsMETAR gave the surface wind as 030°/18 gusting 28 kt. The pilot rounded out normally and the main wheels touched down but as thenosewheel touched down, the aircraft bounced several times and the nose landing gear collapsed. The aircraft veered to the right and departed the runway, coming to rest on the grass. The pilot isolated the fuel and the electrical system before exiting through the normal door.
The pilot considered that he had probably been a little fast on the approach which led to a fast touchdown. As the aircraft bounced, he had allowed a Pilot Induced Oscillation (PIO) to develop, which had caused the damage to the nose landing gear. He felt he should have initiated a go-around when the aircraft first bounced.