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Short-field landing is a high-performance landing for aircraft, utilizing minimum length of the runway or landing ground, while still allowing clearance of obstacles in close vicinity to the landing approach.
The short-field landing technique should be used to land at an airfield which has a short runway, or a small landing ground, or where the approach to land must be made over significant obstacles.
Light airplanes utilise maximum wing-flap for this landing. The approach is made with minimum engine power commensurate with flying towards the aiming point on the runway. Minimum engine power will cause a steep approach to the aiming point. Speed must be reduced progressively as the aircraft's height reduces, and after reaching the airspeed for final approach it must be maintained accurately. After touch-down, the pilot applies maximum wheel braking and maximum up-elevator. Wing-flaps are sometimes retracted to allow better braking performance.