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 rough water approach and landing
  • Note: If a rough 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

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 rough water approach and landing
  • Note: If a rough 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

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

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

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

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

    Wind correction techniques on approach and landing
  • PA.IV.L.K4:

    When and why rough water techniques are used
  • PA.IV.L.K5:

    How a rough water approach and landing is executed

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

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

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

    Effects of:
    • PA.IV.L.R2a:

      Crosswind
    • PA.IV.L.R2b:

      Windshear
    • PA.IV.L.R2c:

      Tailwind
    • PA.IV.L.R2d:

      Wake turbulence
    • PA.IV.L.R2e:

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

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

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

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

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

    Failure to confirm gear position in an amphibious airplane

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

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

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

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

    Ensure the airplane is aligned with the correct/assigned waterway
  • PA.IV.L.S4:

    Scan the landing area for traffic and obstructions
  • PA.IV.L.S5:

    Select and aim for a suitable touchdown point considering the wind, landing surface, and obstructions
  • PA.IV.L.S7:

    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.L.S8:

    Maintain directional control and appropriate crosswind correction throughout the approach and landing
  • PA.IV.L.S9:

    Make smooth, timely, and correct power and control adjustments to maintain proper pitch attitude and rate of descent to touchdown
  • PA.IV.L.S10:

    Contact the water in a proper pitch attitude, considering the type of rough water

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