A small clap usually goes off on many flights as the Pilot touches down. It is probably a gesture of thanks and relief at having being brought back to steady ground in one piece. Yet, many times you will hear passengers complaining and saying that the pilot must be an amateur for providing such a Bumpy Landing. Wet conditions are often the most difficult conditions to land in and at these times passengers if they were to take note will experience some of the most bumpy landings.
Consider this though. The reason you are experiencing a bumpy landing and particularly in Wet Weather is because you have a very skilled and very safe pilot. A pilot who is totally on top of all the skills there are in the trade of flying a massive aircraft and here is why.
Wet weather is a hazard to smooth landing
You see, just like your car does not run as smoothly in wet conditions and you run the risk of hydroplaning. Hydroplaning as in skidding and slipping out of control and as dangerous as this is in your motor vehicle it is far more deadly when it is a commercial sized jumbo jet. At the point of touch down is when the plane is at its highest risk of skidding on the slippery wet surface. To negate this captains will come in with a slight bump or bumpiness to break and splatter the water underneath. This allows the pilot to get the plane on the ground while significantly reducing the risk of skidding uncontrollably down the runway.
So, the next time you experience a bumpy landing, especially in wet weather conditions maybe turn to the person next to you and let him know that this must be, one very talented pilot.
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