7.6.4 Vertical Landing (VL)
The vertical landing, Figure 7-4, is commenced from a 50 to 60 foot AGL hover. Landing should be made pointing
into the wind to minimize exhaust reingestion.
1. Start a slow descent with the throttle.
2. Monitor ground references.
3. Maintain heading and adjust attitude and roll as necessary to correct for drift.
4. Maintain positive rate of descent. Avoid stopping in ground effect. Some throttle reduction may be required
if descent rate is slow since the aircraftwill tend to stop in the area ofmaximum LIDS capability (5 to 10 feet).
Additionally, surface winds in excess of 10 knots may degrade LIDS performance and may require a
corresponding coarse power correction just prior to touchdown.
If strakes or gun pods are not installed some suck-down effect is present.
A power increase may be required near touchdown to prevent excessive
When positively down:
5. Throttle — IDLE.
6. Brakes — APPLY.
7. Nozzles — AFT.
8. Trim — 4° ND.
9. Water OFF (if selected).