After 10,000 flight hours and a 1000 hours of dual given I have come to realize there are
probably several  techniques to safely accomplish any flight maneuver.  Some people
will teach only one technique and argue that it is the
only way to do a maneuver. An
example would be 3 point or wheel landings. They can both be done safely. One may
have advantages under certain conditions.  There are many varying factors to consider
when making a choice. What type of surface are you landing on? What type of tires and
landing gear do you have? What is the wind doing? What is your skill level?

A competent pilot should have been exposed to and tried various techniques to better be
able to judge what will work best under the existing conditions. As time permits I will try
to add video clips on different options to different maneuvers.
Flying Techniques
Jeff Wells in front of MX7-160
He was working on a tailwheel
For taking off and landing a Maule I use visual
references out the front windshield. I am often
asked at what speed I rotate for take off. I
have no answer because I never look at the
airspeed indicator during take off. I put the
aircraft in the best take off attitude (angle of
attack) for the type of departure I want and it
will become airborne when there is sufficient
lift.  If you are departing from a 6 foot wide x
600 foot landing strip and glance at the
airspeed indicator even for a fraction of a
second you may not have a successful
departure. You need to be looking out the
windshield and get your flying information
from the relationship of the cowling to the
natural horizon.

In this video clip I try to show examples of the
different attitudes I use for normal and short
or soft field take offs and climb out. So
instead of looking at a small instrument in the
cabin I look at the large attitude / direction
indicator out in front of me.   
Take off
In this video clip I try to show the visual references I
use on approach and landing.