The Jacobson Flare
Since 1987, the unique application of The Jacobson Flare has eliminated the imprecise aspects of landing an airplane, otherwise unchanged since the end of World War 1. Everything else in aviation has advanced, but NOT landing training.
Historically, the manual landing manoeuvre has remained indeterminate. Conventional flare techniques have involved an inconsistent, critical estimation of height above the landing surface and are subject to a number of variable factors, summarised as aircraft, pilot and environmental.
The Jacobson Flare is the first and only quantifiable, universal landing technique in the history of aviation.
To land an airplane consistently well, a pilot should be able to explain the following five questions:
1. Where to aim?
2. How to aim?
3. When to flare?
4. How much to flare?
5. How fast to flare (flare rate)?
There are not many flight instructors and not many training manuals that can explain even ONE of these questions, let alone all FIVE.
The Jacobson Flare App for the iPad, featured on the Australian App Store in ‘Best New Apps’, answers all five applying, clearly and simply, known principles and facts that enable a pilot at any level of competence and experience to finally and fully understand HOW to make safer and more consistent landings, in any airplane type. The noted increase in pilot competence and confidence is breathtaking.
The Jacobson Flare App for iPad
Professionally designed, the Jacobson Flare app for iPad is more than the equivalent of a 350-page book; interactive and inclusive, it totally replaces and greatly enhances successive and widely acclaimed presentations of the original 1987 Jacobson Flare paper, “Where to Flare” and other associated files.
This app explores the where, when & how involved in landing an airplane in TWO DISTINCT INTERPRETATIONS, each including an extensive Glossary:
•PORTRAIT as an e-book, partly illustrated AND
•LANDSCAPE as an extensively illustrated presentation, with pop-up text.
Simple to understand for student pilots, it also caters for greater levels of experience with a range of tools including a unique set of calculators every professional pilot can utilise – on every flight.
Graphically enhanced HD videos of various airplane types using the same consistent and quantified technique, at a diverse range of locations, highlight the Jacobson Flare app for iPad as a perfect solution to a serious long-term problem for world aviation. Thirty years of research and development are reflected in the intuitive design, fine production and attention to detail - just some of the hallmarks of this stylish presentation.
Undoubtedly something so simple and yet seen by some as ‘revolutionary’ will bring debate – and has. David’s philosophy is very clear on this point: this technique is not a hypothesis seeking validation. It is an intelligent explanation, based on 20 years of observation and the application of a few basic principles. It is sound, having been flight-tested, since 1985, by many accomplished and experienced exponents in Airline, Australian Defence Force and General Aviation operations.
The Jacobson Flare has been adopted by many flight schools and pilots with great success. Now, the opportunity to have it in convenient digital form on an iPad will improve industry concurrence and offer predictable and consistently better landings for those who are always seeking to improve their skill set, rather than continue to rely on inconsistent trial and error practices.
Perhaps the two best descriptions come from highly experienced professional pilots: “the greatest single advance in flying training in many, many years and represents simple unassailable aerodynamic logic” and “this is probably what we have all been trying to do all these years.”
Captain David M Jacobson MAP FRAeS: +61 419 346 336
The Jacobson Flare – ‘Simple, Unassailable, Aerodynamic Logic’
- Fixing Help Page error for some iOS 11 device
Ratings and Reviews
A better way to land
Ask any student pilot, or experienced pilot what the most difficult phase of their pilot training was, and universally the answer will be "landings." Why is that? As in all things aviation, much of what is taught is based on how your instructor was taught.
So much of learning how to land was based on the Goldilocks method of teaching. "You flared too high," "you flared too low", "you flared just right." It was the trial-and-error approach; eventually you "got it!" Could there possibly be a better way? The Jacobson Flare is that "better way."
Instead of guessing at altitude, and having to correct that "estimate" for wide, narrow, or sloping runways, wouldn't you rather use a method that results in consistently good landings to any runway or field?
The traditional method that uses power to correct for altitude, and pitch for airspeed frequently results in an erratic flight path.
Instead, maintaining the correct "sight picture," following the optimum flight path, recognizing the correct "flare point" and properly transitioning from the approach to the landing aim point results in easier to teach, easier to learn, and repeatably good landings.
Whether you fly cloth covered, light, or heavy metal airplanes, Capt Jacobson has created a superb App, to help you master landings. With videos from a variety of cockpits, and easy to follow instructions, this App is one of the best tools any pilot could have in their flight bag. I highly recommend it.
I had a small issue restarting the app and sent a query to support. An excellent answer came back from Jacobson quickly.
His approach makes sense and I look forward to practicing it.
Developer Response ,
GREAT NEWS: The Jacobson Flare App Ver 2 for iOS 11 UP and RUNNING!
You may be aware of the update already, via the App Store: The new version was released overnight – AEST.
However, I wished to thank you, personally, for your wonderful support in bringing this issue to our notice. We’re sorry it took longer than expected to correct, but the results are very satisfying.
Apart from iOS 11, we have corrected several minor editorial issues and made some meaningful updates to the following sections:
• The Objectives;
• Conventional Practice;
• Introducing the Jacobson Flare;
• Contact Details and
• Author Biography
I trust you continue to enjoy and benefit from the Jacobson Flare App and am available at any time to address any queries or concerns.
Thank you once again for your support and patience; it is most appreciated and I apologise for any inconvenience!
Great technique, confusing explanation
As a student pilot, I’ve spent ~20+ hours learning to land. Before I switched CFIs and my new CFI taught me the Jacobson technique, I was completely perplexed by landings. Mine were inconsistent and sad, despite all the time I sunk into pattern work. Now now! This technique works guys.
My only criticism is that the app explains the technique (or at least, my understanding of it) in a confusing way. It really just boils down to picking a point on the runway, starting to flare/stare at the end when you pass that point (with rate of flare depending on plane) and profiting. I feel like the level of detail the app goes into about the math muddles the picture a little and makes it hard to grasp the key concepts. So, four stars.
Overall, thanks Mr. Jacobson for putting some science into flying!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.