I can't talk about landings without getting back on my soapbox, but hang in here because I think this will strike home. On private pilot practical tests, when we've finished the high stuff -- navigation, instrument work, steep turns, stalls and slow flights -- I often simulate an engine failure right over a strip or field I know. The applicant usually establishes a glide and troubleshoots the problem to no avail, of course. If he hasn't already spotted it, I'll say, "Hey, there's a runway directly under us. If you can land on it and get us safely stopped by the end I'll knock $50 off the test fee."