Avion757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5159 times:
I love flying with the FS2000, but I'm terrible at making landings. My questions are :
1. How do you decide when and where you make your decent (eg - 10 miles away at 10,000 ft at 100 knots etc.)
2. How do you decend and land in the simplest way- in a few stages?
Also, what scale is the map view in? When you look at info for an airport and it gives lengths, is it in imperial or metric measures? And finally, to make it easier to position the plane, I move it on the map, but is there a simple way to put it at Top of descent on there?
Continental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5476 posts, RR: 21 Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5096 times:
When you are tuned to a frequency, it tells you how far you are from that place. Your glideslope indicator does that for you, it tells you if you are too high or low on your descent, and how straight you are with the runway. I had problems years ago, now all of my landings are flawless.
Blackened From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 5070 times:
You tune in the ILS frequency of the runway you want to land on. Therefore you need to change the NAV 1 frequency. Can be done on the panel or through the navigation menu. The glideslope indicator then shows you if you're above or below the glideslope. Where it is depends on your panel. I suggest you to have a look at the manual or take flight lesson.
There are formulas (I don't know by heart) that include altitude, speed, descend rate and that'll give you the distance needed for descending. I suggest you to learn such a formula then you'll know when you have to descend.
BTW: landing in MSFS is easy.
Captjetblast From Argentina, joined Aug 2001, 280 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4993 times:
As indicated in FS help, use 3 to 1 rule: drop the 3 rightest zeros to your altitude, multiply by 3 and that's the distance to start a descent, 250 knots, -1800 ft/min vertical speed.
if you are at 30000 feet (FL 300), 30x3=90, so at 90 Nautical miles from the airport, start your descent.
Autopilot helps a lot.
Anyway, try to fly flight plans; pilots don't descent directly to the runway, may be you'll be cleared to FL 100, then FL 60, then FL 30 to pick up the ILS, and complete landing.
Fly adventures already loaded in FS, or get a flight planer.
Continental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5476 posts, RR: 21 Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4976 times:
Also, when landing and you want to line up visually, line up with the end of the runway, not the front. Wait to flare AFTER you have gone over the green VASI, and make sure you are a little above stall speed. The plane will eventually touchdown, and the rest is easy.