1. Plan the landing lane. Because the glassy water landing technique takes a longer landing distance, plan by selecting a landing lane with plenty of room. Some estimate a typical glassy water lane is three to four times the normal landing. You’ll also want to try to land parallel to shore, if possible.
2. Set up a normal approach. Begin by starting a normal approach in a standard configuration.
3. Add power. Once below the trees on the shore, add power to slow the descent.
4. Use visual cues on the shore. Use trees, houses, or any other prominent point to judge your descent rate. Try to descend no more than 100 or 200 feet per minute.
5. Wait for the water. Hold the descent and landing attitude until contacting the water. Don’t try to flare or judge your height about the water. Simply wait for contact.
6. Power to idle. Pull the power to idle and come off the step as soon as possible to stop the landing run.