RWY17L Arrival Saturday, February 18, 2023 at 10:45 AM
Aircraft: Cessna 172S Skyhawk
Looks like he is landing, but it also looks like his flaps are set for takeoff.
type designator is C172, not 172S
Centennial is a really long runway with significant high-speed traffic. When landing a small Cessna there, you need to plan on both, landing deep into the runway, and fast (for a Cessna), in order to make the first turn-off before the jet behind you catches up. Thus flaps only deployed to the first notch.
For Everyone below, it's a Cessna 172S. Designation is C172 to ATC, to everyone else it's a 172S. Centennial has a long and short Runway. Flight training is typically restricted to the short runway and ATP aircraft always land with 30 degrees of flaps no matter what runway they are on. If ATC determines the airspace is too busy to accommodate touch and go's, they won't allow them until the airspace calms down. This is standard procedure for all regional airports. I was the Manager at ATP in centennial and took delivery of N1715T from the factory. The photo in all likelihood shows the aircraft making a short field takeoff which requires 15 degrees of flaps and a brief level off above the runway to gain airspeed for a rapid climb over a 50-foot obstacle which is required flight training for all flight schools. It could also be a standard flaps 15 takeoff but the student has the aircraft somewhat leveled off because the aircraft, with the right amount of speed, will continue to climb with the flaps extended.
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