Glassy Water Approach and Landing (ASES, AMES)
Lesson Plan

Introduction:

  • To determine that the applicant exhibits satisfactory knowledge, risk management, and skills associated with a glassy water takeoff and climb
  • References: FAA-S-ACS-6, FAA-H-8083-2, FAA-H-8083-3; POH/AFM; AIM

Attention:

  • Research a mishap case study:
  • Discuss how the initial conditions developed into an incident/accident/mishap
  • Relate similar personal experience of the same type of incident/accident/mishap

Motivator:

Overview:

Topic:
Time:
Introduction:
0:05
Glassy Water Approach and Landing (ASES, AMES):
0:15
Review (quiz):
0:05
Case Studies:
0:05
Total Ground Time:
0:30

Required Materials:

  • Paper, Pen, Marker, Whiteboard

Instructor Actions:

Student Actions:

Private Pilot - Glassy Water Approach and Landing (ASES, AMES) Airman Certification Standards:

  • To determine that the applicant exhibits satisfactory knowledge, risk management, and skills associated with a glassy water approach and landing
  • Note: If a glassy water condition does not exist, the applicant must be evaluated by simulating the Task
  • References: FAA-H-8083-2, FAA-H-8083-23; POH/AFM; AIM

Glassy Water Approach and Landing (ASES, AMES) Knowledge:

The applicant demonstrates understanding of:
  • PA.IV.J.K1:

    A stabilized approach, to include energy management concepts
  • PA.IV.J.K2:

    Effects of atmospheric conditions on approach and landing performance
  • PA.IV.J.K3:

    When and why glassy water techniques are used
  • PA.IV.J.K4:

    How a glassy water approach and landing is executed

Glassy Water Approach and Landing (ASES, AMES) Risk Management:

The applicant is able to identify, assess, and mitigate risk associated with:
  • PA.IV.J.R1:

    Selection of approach path and touchdown area based on pilot capability, airplane performance and limitations, and available distance
  • PA.IV.J.R2:

    Water surface/condition
  • PA.IV.J.R3:

    Planning for go-around and rejected landing
  • PA.IV.J.R4:

    Collision hazards, to include aircraft, terrain, obstacles, wires, vessels, persons, and wildlife
  • PA.IV.J.R5:

    Low altitude maneuvering, including stall, spin, or controlled flight into terrain (CFIT)
  • PA.IV.J.R6:

    Distractions, task prioritization, loss of situational awareness, or disorientation
  • PA.IV.J.R7:

    Failure to confirm gear position in an amphibious airplane

Glassy Water Approach and Landing (ASES, AMES) Skills:

The applicant exhibits the skill to:
  • PA.IV.J.S1:

    Complete the appropriate checklist
  • PA.IV.J.S2:

    Make radio calls as appropriate
  • PA.IV.J.S3:

    Scan the landing area for traffic and obstructions
  • PA.IV.J.S4:

    Select a proper approach and landing path considering the landing surface, visual attitude references, water depth, and collision hazards
  • PA.IV.J.S6:

    Maintain manufacturer's published approach airspeed or in its absence not more than 1.3 VSO, +10/-5 knots with gust factor applied
  • PA.IV.J.S7:

    Make smooth, timely, and correct power and control adjustments to maintain proper pitch attitude and rate of descent to touchdown
  • PA.IV.J.S8:

    Contact the water in a proper pitch attitude, and slow to idle taxi speed
  • PA.IV.J.S9:

    Maintain directional control throughout the approach and landing

Re-Motivation:

Closure:

  • Advise students that this lesson will be used as a starting point for the next lesson
  • Assign study materials for the next lesson