Originally Posted by danstrom
In his long experience as an instructor and examiner, the "chop & drop" technique, or its lesser cousin that the Cessna POH espouses -- gradually chop, gradually push the nose down to keep your speed up -- is invariably done wrong by the newbie pilot (slow to begin with, and either doesn't push the nose down enough or pushes down too much), and especially during checkrides when one is nervous.
You need that recommended 62kts at flare in order to have enough dynamic "voom" to arrest the sink rate and get your flight path leveled out so that you don't hit hard, so unless you're able to judge the fine nuances of the maneuver, it's better to either ride your stabilized approach all the way to ground effect, or to come in 5-10kt hot so that when you yank the power you'll slow to the recommended speed regardless of whether you push the nose down enough.
p.s. for anyone that might be heading into the Practical, that latter technique is not what's prescribed in the PTS. "stabilized approach at the recommended short-field approach speed" is what the bible says.
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