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User currently offlineDropkick From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2268 times:

Here is a thing that has bothered me for a long time. When a plane is about to land, how do the pilots find the glideslope, and how do they line upp with the runway?
Plase help me with this one!  Smile


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User currently offlineSpacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3993 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2243 times:

They find the glideslope with the glideslope indicator on their navigational radios. (Autopilot can do this automatically.) Same with the runway - there's a directional beacon that's sent out from a radio tower at the airport that helps them line up properly.

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User currently offlineDuce50boom From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2230 times:

Pilots use what's called an approach plate (basically a map describing with pictures and words that describes the type of approach, ie, ILS, VOR, TACAN, etc. Different approach types have different procedures, and for each type of approach available at the runway, there is a different page on the plate. It has things like the inbound course of the runway (what heading the runway points to) and the height you'll intercept the glideslope, decision height. etc, etc. It's a huge amount of information that once you learn how to read it, is amazingly simple and straightforward

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