I enjoyed reading your articles featured in the August and September issues of Air Asia's in-flight magazine. I don't have any questions, but perhaps a correction and a suggestion.
In the September article, you mentioned that the term "dead-stick landing" was coined in reference to the old wooden propellers of planes. I have always understood this term to refer to the yoke of the plane, which in older propeller-driven aircraft was a "stick", as in the term "stick and rudder".
Later in the article, on handling a dead-stick landing you mentioned that "Unlike a normal powered landing, a Dead-Stick landing requires skills and good judgement." But don't ALL landings require skills and good judgement?
Perhaps using a modifier such as "more than the usual", "increased vigilance", or something like that would be more precise. After all, there is no option for a go-around, right?
Just some thoughts
Thank you for the feedback and for reading the articles in Pilot’s Perspective (Travel 3Sixty magazine here). My research tells me that ‘dead stick’ dates as far back as to the First World War when propellers of military planes were made of wood. Hence the slang of that day was that if the ‘stick’ was not turning on the propellers, it was called the ‘dead stick’. You can Google this at Wikipedia for the most accurate meaning of this term.
You are right; handling a dead-stick landing require more skills than usual as I mentioned in my article that “An error in selecting the flaps or landing gears prior to touch down is generally irrecoverable and the plane will land short of the runway”
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