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Probably The Oldest Landing Question  
User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2784 posts, RR: 15
Posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 982 times:

And one of the most confusing... how does a large airliner pilot know what direction to point the nose when he's still up there, and when the airplane gets lower, how does he know how far up to roll the nose and how does he make it touch down where he wants and how is it centered and this and that and everything else...


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User currently offlineAAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3451 posts, RR: 47
Reply 1, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 897 times:

>how does a large airliner pilot know what
>direction to point the nose when he's still
>up there,

"Up there" meaning at altitude? Multiple compasses.

>and when the airplane gets lower, how does
>he know how far up to roll the nose

Multiple attitude indicators. Then again, I like to look out the window. ;-)

>...how does he make it touch down where he wants

Practice, practice, practice. ;-)

>...how is it centered

You put it on the runway and fly it to a stop.

>...and this and that and everything else...

It may be big, but it is still an airplane.





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User currently offlineVC-10 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 1999, 3695 posts, RR: 35
Reply 2, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 879 times:
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On a state of the art airliner on a scheduled route the pilot tells the Flt Management System where the a/c is going,then when the driver has got it off the ground he engages the a/pilot at about 400 ft and that's it. His/her next task is to steer it off the runway at the other end.

During the flt he/she sits back and monitors the progress of the flt.

If the pilot wants to do a manual landing once the a/c has locked on to the runway ILS the Flt Director bars on the ADI will tell them to fly left/right/up/down until they land, then its a matter of looking out of the window.

On the A340 a computer generated voice will count down the Rad Alt on finals and then at 40 ft say "Retard, Retard, Retard" to tell the pilot to throttle back.



User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 880 times:

All flying is is practice!!!
Iain


User currently offlineAAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3451 posts, RR: 47
Reply 4, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 868 times:

VC-10 writes:

>On a state of the art airliner on a scheduled route the pilot tells the Flt Management System where the a/c is going,then when the driver has got it off the ground he engages the a/pilot at about 400 ft and that's it.
His/her next task is to steer it off the runway at the other end.

AA restricts autopilot operations to greater than 1000 ft AGL except during coupled approach and/or autoland.

>During the flt he/she sits back and monitors the progress of the flt.

Worst part of the job IMHO. Glad to be leaving the transcons to somebody else for a while. ;-)

>If the pilot wants to do a manual landing once the a/c has locked on to the runway ILS the Flt Director bars on the ADI will tell them to fly left/right/up/down until they land, then its a matter of looking out of the window.

Personally, I don't like the abruptness of the autopilot when capturing anything, especially ILS. If the weather is good and the administrative workload light, I'll go manual as soon as the "prepare to land" PA is taken care of (usually about 6,000 ft AGL).

AAR90



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