“BUTTER”

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James Sun, Staff Writer

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To everyone who knows close to nothing about aviation, butter may only mean the thing you put on your toast that is made of milk or cream. But to the aviation nerds out there, the word butter has a completely different meaning. I am here to explain it to you, in case if you go to the airport and you see a guy with binoculars pointed at an aircraft that just landed and screams “BUTTER” at the top of his lungs. (Fine. You won’t see someone doing that.) The term butter comes from the texture of regular butter. It is smooth and slick, how a good landing is. To butter the landing, when you land you have to keep the nose up by flying just above stall speed to keep the plane at a neutral rate of altitude speed. Then, pull back on the throttle to 10% and gently lower the nose to create minimal tire smoke. Pull back on the throttle to activate reverse thrust and turn on brakes and spoilers. The aircraft will gently slow down. Yes, gentleness is the key to buttering a landing. Take your knowledge and go to the airport. You can tell if your pilot is properly trained or not. Or just play a flight simulator. Also, when someone says, “The pilot buttered the bread,” don’t assume the pilot landed on bread. The bread is simply just the runway. If you want to be a pilot in the future, you will definitely land a job using informal language in formal situations!

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“BUTTER”