Wednesday 19 June 2013 14:06 UTC
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Evening landing, 27 into a wonderful but low sun, no problem with it on the approach, never even squinted - sunglasses doing a great job.
Over the threshold, pull throttle, prop slows and creates a strobe effect with the sun... Get spooked by that, loose concentration, bounce, burst of throttle to get her flying properly again and have another go this time looking out the side rather that through the prop. All teeth intact and aircraft and passenger ok (taildragger if it matters).
Although I knew the sun was low - I never gave it a thought about what might happen, but the effect of the sunlight flashing as the 2 blade prop chopped it up was unnerving. Also showed how, essentially at the most crucial part of the whole (wonderful and 3rd) flight of the day, I stopped flying the plane.
As it was very low wind I could have used an out of sun runway...
One more in the experience book for me....
I know you said you could see until the strobe, but two events where the pilot couldn't see due to low sun, strobe or not, but landed anyway come to mind - one was a cessna nosewheel lost on a 26 runway into sun, (visiting) pilot "excuse" afterwards to the group was 'well I couldn't see a thing so hit the nosewheel'.... and another who did exactly the same thing (different airfield, different day), couldn't see a thing due to sun, so looked sideways and identified the runway edge markers and landed parallel to them - unfortunately what he thought was the left side of the runway was the right side of the runway, and he landed in the rough on the right of the runway, again removing the front wheel. Just think if there'd been a taxiway that side with an aircraft waiting...? Again, 'well I couldn't see'...
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