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Landing On Microsoft Flight Simulator  
User currently offlineAvion757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (14 years 7 months 17 hours ago) and read 11373 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?

Many thanks for your time/expertise.


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User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5557 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (14 years 7 months 16 hours ago) and read 11310 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.


User currently offlineAvion757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 7 months 16 hours ago) and read 11302 times:

Thankyou Continental - how do you tune to a frequency, and what is the glidescope indicator?


User currently offlineBlackened From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 7 months 12 hours ago) and read 11284 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.

User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (14 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 11239 times:

If your in a heavy jet keep your speed at around 140 knots on approach, maybe you are gong too fast ?  Smile

Pershoyu Spravoyu Litaki!
User currently offlineCaptjetblast From Argentina, joined Aug 2001, 289 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 6 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 11207 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.


User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5557 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (14 years 6 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 11190 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.


User currently offlineKLM672 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2642 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (14 years 6 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 11189 times:

I just use the same method that I use to land my real 747, on my front lawn.

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