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By eltonioni
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There was a terrible fatal accident the other week in the USA where a Cessna was landing into the sun and a close following T28 landed a bit longer and on top of it. It looks like the T28 pilot didn't see the Cessna. There's a set of very sobering videos on Youtube crash in Compton that require discretion before viewing. It just shows how deciding to clear off for five minutes might just be the best thing to do.
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By Rob P
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Or, since the evenings tend to go still, landing on the reciprocal or an alternative runway and accepting whatever cross / tailwind that brings.

Have done this at Old Buckenham on a number of occasions

Rob P
By profchrisreed
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I remember as a low hours solo glider pilot making a landing into low sun. The approach was fine, because I could see the runway clearly. It was only at the roundout/flare that my forward vision disappeared completely. With an engine that would be the time to go round, but as I didn't have that option I used sideways vision to judge my height and runway position and landed OK.

This wasn't in the training syllabus then, and hadn't come up in my training because I learnt through the winter when the sunset was never fully aligned with the runway.

I think if I'd been an early solo power pilot I would have been unsure what to do. Applying full power and climbing when you can't see where you're going requires advance preparation, not a split second decision when you suddenly realise you have a problem! So maybe this is something for instructors to consider - has the trainee ever been shown/briefed on what to do?

And it links to training for a tailwind landing, because usually the wind has dropped but just sometimes it hasn't - what to do then?
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By PeteSpencer
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I've had three potential into sun landings on 26 so far this year>

The first scared the cr ap out of me (moral: clean the windscreen before departure) in the suddenness of the vision loss: I landed by keeping the correct distance from the 10m high trees along 100m of the side of the runway and 4m from my left wingtip.

The second in flat calm I landed on 08 and the third, just as I turned final to have a look-see, a ruddy great bank of cloud obscured the sun and I landed normally.

Peter :wink: