I know, which is the reason we pull back on the stick/yoke whilst taxiing, to limit the load on the nose gear. Doing a hundred good landings and then committing a real stinker is not just the domain of PPL pilots, I have known a few shockers from airline pilots. I remember coming back from Rhodes on a Thomson flight into Gatwick and the arrival was a real tooth rattler. Having. seen some of the landings by trainee airline pilots at Kidlington over the years I reckon it was a Kidlington graduate who flew us. I also figured out why their runway is 1500 metres long (1200 as it was at the time) it's because half the time they come in too fast and float for so long that they waste the first 600 metres. I was pleased that we had a distinct horizon yesterday as it gave me the chance to nail the attitude for straight and level flight. The horizon 4-6" up the windscreen just doesn't look right, but in a Eurostar it is because of the high seating position. Yes I definitely must lear to do a more positive flare to ensure I don't end up driving a 100hp wheelbarrow. Pete also had me fly the takeoff just by telling me what to do and lightly following through on the controls. Once we were safely levelled off at the top of the climb he gives me such an innocent look and says did you not want to fly the take off then? So help me if he wasn't bigger than I am I would have slapped him when we got back down. It is not that I don't want to do these things now, just that I wish he would warn me before hand that I am going to do them. I have to do them sometime and if he thinks I am ready then who am I to argue? After all he's the instructor not me. I am convinced that Eurostar pilots are lucky in one respect. There is so much frameless glazing that keeping a good look out is very easy and not doing so is inexcusable.