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Reliably landing an aircraft smoothly and accurately has always been the “difficult” part of flight training, requiring repetition just to “get it” by trial and error. What if there was a better way that offered a systematic and simple way to teach landing techniques for all manner of fixed wing aircraft? While instructing at the RAAF Flying Club at Point Cook David Jacobsen became puzzled by the fact that there was no definitive, universal technique for landing, a most critical manoeuvre for each and every flight. David researched and developed a new flare technique, which he published as a paper in the conference proceedings of the 1987 “Australian Aviation Symposium — Innovate or Enervate” in Canberra. This became known as The Jacobson Flare and was introduced in modified form to Qantas B737 simulator procedures.
In 2010 David Jacobsen retired after 40 years of airline flying and instructing with QANTAS and before that TAA, having flown 24,000 hours (including over 15,000 hours on the B737). David achieved this position by commencing flight training at age 17 at Moorabbin Airport and winning a Commonwealth Flying Scholarship to complete his commercial pilot and instructor licences. David was awarded a Qantas Customer Excellence Award in 1996 for his service and for championing the Jacobsen Flare since the early 1980s. He was awarded the Master Air Pilot (MAP) certificate by the UK Guild of Airline Pilots and Navigators (GAPAN) in 1999 and rose to Check and Training Captain on the B737 for Qantas.
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Royal Aeronautical Society - Melbourne Branch
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