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ILS Landing!

Wed Feb 11, 2004 1:31 pm

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.

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RE: ILS Landing!

Wed Feb 11, 2004 1:41 pm

i have yet to have the autopilot fly the ILS correctly, i always hand fly approaches.
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RE: ILS Landing!

Wed Feb 11, 2004 2:15 pm

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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RE: ILS Landing!

Wed Feb 11, 2004 2:18 pm

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.

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RE: ILS Landing!

Wed Feb 11, 2004 6:51 pm

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,
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RE: ILS Landing!

Wed Feb 11, 2004 10:32 pm

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

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