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User currently offlineOmshanti From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 65 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4106 times:

Hello all,
What is the altitude range that you should intercept the LOC for a full instrument landing??? What are your experiences with the ILS in FS2002 and any insightful ideas to sharpen the quality of landing would be greatly appreciate. Thanks in advance for your time and suggestions.

Best Regards


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User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4043 times:

i have yet to have the autopilot fly the ILS correctly, i always hand fly approaches.

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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4043 times:

Intercept the ILS about 10nm out and 2000ft over field elevation.
No more than 30 degrees off the glideslope or it won't capture properly.

Furhter out: higher altitude but always intercept from slightly below the glideslope when using the autopilot or it won't always "see" the glideslope and fail to descend.

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User currently offlineN139j From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 380 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4052 times:

It depends on the airport. Check the chart. If I don't have a chart handy for that particular approach I will normally use 3000' or 2500' as I have found that is the average on ILS charts, and wait to intercept. Charts are the best, however. From your above I don't see any indication that you ARE using autopilot, but if you are, I would fly them by hand.


User currently offlineCraigy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3916 times:

You did not say which kind of aircraft, but this is what I use for the 737 (737-300 from FFX).

Aim to be at 3000ft 220kts by 15 miles out from the airport, with a correct landing weight (no more than 20% fuel left).

Cross the localiser at about 30 degrees. This should capture easily.

Aim for 170kts by 8 miles out, flaps 10.

As the glide slope captures, lower landing gear, slow down to 130kts and extend flaps in increments to 30 degress.

You shold aim to cross the runway threshold at 125-130kts, flaps 30 with a nose up attitude of about 3 to 4 degrees. Disconnect auto pilot and auto throttle, making sure throttle lever is at idle.

As the main gear touches deploy speedbrake and reverse thrust and the nose should settle down nicely.

This works for me and gives a nice landing. You could always use an IFR flight plan so that your approach vectors and altitude will be given to you by ATC.

Hope this helps,

User currently offlineEastCoast From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3904 times:

ILS landing is pretty easy in 2002, but 2004 I never hit the glideslope, even at 2000'.

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