Spark From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 431 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4442 times:
I'm a new user of FS, having just got my FS2000 (I bought from the clearance bin), a month ago. I'm having a lot of fun, and getting better each day.
I try to be as accurate as possible, trying to get as close to landing patterns as I can get. I still struggle to get the jet into position along the glide scope. I usually have to get 20 miles from the airport, and get into position about 15 miles.
I try to keep my speed at 200KIAS when landing, but I think that may be low. I have problems with drifting. As a result I always landing right of the runway (I never drift left). I think it is likely caused by my cocking of the yoke, or rudder (I use a Thrustmaster Joystick).
What does the APR hold on Auto-Pilot do? I have as much success with, and without it. It doesn't seem to do anything.
I also can't do VFR landings, except with the Cessna's (which I don't like to fly as much).
What secrets, or advice, can anyone give me?
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4415 times:
There is no secret except practice, more practice and then some.
Lower your landing speed too.
The jets should land at 130-150 knots. If you need more not too stall, you're overweight.
Start in that Cessna. Until you can land that, don't even think of trying a big jet. When you train to be a real pilot you don't start in a 747 either, you start in a Cessna (or a Piper, or something else small, cheap and slow). That's for a reason...
GotAirbus From Singapore, joined May 2001, 851 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4221 times:
Well, I have tips (and have questions below, too)
There are other expert FS2000 pilots out there better than me, I must admit. But for 3 years on a FS, I can give you a few:
What the APR does is that it picks up the localizer located at the end of the runway, and sorta "aligns" the aircraft to the runway. This is particularly good when the weather is bad and visibility is too poor to see the runway outside the window. This means that the pilot is landing based on IFR.
(For APR to work, you need to tune your NAV1 radio to the runway's frequency [in MHz] - if you don't have the MHz numbers, you need FS2000's Flight Director's map to get the frequency of the runway, if the runway has.)
During approach and with the runway frequency set on the NAV1 radio (correct me if i'm wrong), if the pilot sees the need to descend under VFR, will probably push the APR button and the plane will align itself with the runway, *as well as* maintain the proper descent rate.
BA777 and Jwenting's right: 200 knots is too fast, even for a 747-400. And the more the flaps are extended, the speed have to be decreased to maintain a smooth and steady descent. Use this chart (values approximate, don't use in real life) to calculate how much speed you need to descend into the runway.