How to flare this beauty?
Hi guys, starting to fly this beast a couple of days ago and still learning the flows and the systems of the Q400.
My first two landing was like very very hard, after pitching +2° up below 30 fts AGL, the vertical speed barely moved and i smashed the ground at -600ft/min. My third landing, i started to preflare at 40ft and then really hold back some back pressure from 30 ft until touch down reaching a pitch attiitude of 5/5.5 °on touch down but my vertical speed was still in the -200/-300 area. I know it is an acceptable firm landing but still.
I also find the q400 to have a lower pitch rate when passing 50 ft but to my knowledge that could be explained by the ground effect that will make the aircraft more nose heavy and also kill the vertical speed.
I watched a couple of videos and q400 pilots were able to make greasers and seemed to start flaring at 30 feets