You have to execute the landing correctly, meaning you need to be on slope, AoA and speed at an appropriate time. Don't count on the airbrakes to slow you down quickly and get you into a quick approach. If you want to do that, fly an overhead landing with good entry parameters.
Your landing data should be more or less the same as it is for other aircraft: 3deg glide slope (about 100m altitude/2km, so if you're 4km from the threshold you need to be at 200m, etc) with correct AoA (Whatever that is for the 25). Hit those two parameters and the speed will take care of itself. Learn to do a picture-perfect straight-in first, then you can proceed to more complex/interesting landing patterns.
The handling definately picked up from being loaded with gear, and I was able to land...
I landed a full 2 klicks short of the runway. I was managing my airspeed solely through throttle control. I didn't notice the air brakes responding.
I'll try again in a day or 2.