Originally Posted by SgtZim
Hi all, I'm about 30 hours into Phase 1 with my RV-8 fixed pitch. I'd like to hear suggestions / advice on shortening up the landing roll. With full flaps and crossing the first brick at just under 70 kt, I usually float maybe 6 or 700 ft, wheel land, and very carefully adding some brake before the tail comes all the way down, then braking moderately. End up eating at least 2000' of runway. Should be able to do better than that.
Usually a float like you’re describing is due to extra airspeed on short final and in the flare. In a calm/light wind situation 1.3xs stall speed might be a better target. In a full flap configuration my RV-8 stalls around 45 KIAS. 1.3xs that brings me to 59...I’ll round that to 60 KIAS. When touch down point is critical, that’s what I look to cross the fence with. I’ll carry more in the final turn and rolling out on final.
Figure out what your dirty stall speed is, and if it makes sense try reducing your speed on short final by a few knots. My guess is that will reduce your tendency to float the landing.