10 Jul 2013 / by Pilot Michael / in Pilot Michael
Jet Aircraft Landing – Mammoth Airport – Phenom 100 – Video
It was another blue sky day in Southern California and I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to fly a jet aircraft, the Embraer Phenom 100, solo to Mammoth Mountain Airport. I put a few gopro cameras in the cockpit and the rest was easy. Sit back and enjoy the flight.
Flying To Mammoth
I have been flying in and out of Mammoth airport for years now and if you’re a pilot flying in there are a couple things to consider. One, the real and potentially scary wind-shear on final to runway 27 is real, so real that you generally hear about it on the automated weather frequency on your way in. This being said, you will likely never know it was there if you land halfway down the runway. Runway 27 at Mammoth is 7,000 feet long, how much runway do you need for your airplane? Along with being 7,000 feet long, runway 27 also slopes up at 1% which helps after you do touchdown. What I tell my students (in smaller piston airplanes) is to pick a go-around point. If the airplane is not firmly on the ground with you firmly on the brakes by point “X”, GO-AROUND. If you land halfway down a 7,000 foot runway, you still have 3,500 feet remaining. I can’t think of a general aviation airplane that can’t make a safe landing in 3,500 feet. All you need to do is pick a go-around point, setup the airplane for a nice short field landing, fly to your aiming point, make a nice controlled firm landing at your chosen aiming point, apply aerodynamic and firm braking and enjoy your time at Mammoth Mountain. Keri at the FBO will take very good care of you and the line guys are some of the nicest I have ever encountered. I can’t wait to go back.