Industry Influencers: David Jacobson

Meet the Melbourne man who revolutionised pilot training in the eighties by developing a universal approach to landing aircraft, the Jacobson Flare

When I was a boy…

David Jacobson was born in Melbourne in 1947 and learned to fly out of Moorabbin Airport from age 17. Even back then, he was dismayed by the widespread acceptance of trial-and-error practices in aviation training. These were developed haphazardly through to the end of World War I and recycled without question ever since.

Prior to that, he watched a movie about the famous WW2 Dambusters squadron. During this he had noticed the use of triangulation by the Lancaster crews to accurately position their aircraft at exactly the right altitude above the dam water level. This was a critical element to allow the innovative bouncing bombs designed by Sir Barnes Wallis to cause maximum structural damage to the dam walls of the Möhne and Eder dams in Germany.

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