Flying clearance distribution with thermal flying height control (or thermomechanical actuation) is characterized. Especially, factors contributing to variation in the flying clearance are identified based on the flying height change profiles taken from the burn-in process of hard disk drives and Gage R&R (repeatability and reproducibility) test of touch down repeatability. In addition, the effect of static temperature compensation scheme on the flying clearance distribution is investigated, and the disadvantage of static adaptation to temperature change is identified. In order to avoid early catastrophic head-disk interface failures due to poor static temperature compensation, dynamic clearance adjustment is necessary whenever environmental condition changes. Otherwise, static temperature compensation using the individual temperature sensitivity values of each head needs to be applied.