Whenever I witness a transport category airplane cross a runway threshold by only a few feet, I think back to all the accidents in which aiming for “brick one” ended badly. The dirty little secret about going below the glidepath is that it works. You can indeed aim for brick one, and flare the airplane so as to touch down very near the runway threshold or before the 500-ft. markers. I see it all the time. You can confirm it by looking at all the large aircraft tire prints just ...


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