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three-point landing

A landing in which the aircraft touches down with all three of its wheels simultaneously. A three-point landing is normal in a tail-wheeled aircraft but is not recommended for aircraft with tricycle landing gear.
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We are not going to get into the bar fight regarding the value of wheel versus three-point landings other than to note that there are strong opinions on each side of the issue.
We also point out that wheel landings should be made with an approach speed the same as used for a three-point landing. Extra speed on approach in a tailwheel airplane is a recipe for loss of control on rollout.
In our research into the Swift, we found that, unlike virtually all other single-engine tailwheel airplanes, no one recommended making three-point landings until building up significant experience in type.