BA747400
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FS2004 Quesiton

Mon Feb 28, 2005 2:43 am

Hi Everyone,
I have a question that I hope you guys can help with:
I have gotten a lot better at FS2004 over the last few months. However, I have a MAJOR problem with descending. Once I intercept the ILS and begin my final approach, I always come-in to high or wayyyy to low. As I am sure you guys will agree, there is nothing more frustrating than flying for hours and hours only to over-shoot the runway, or land 50ft. before it!! Is there a way to set the auto pilot to descend for you? How do you guys do it?

Thanks for all your help!
Mike
 
dreamer
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RE: FS2004 Quesiton

Mon Feb 28, 2005 2:56 am

I am not sure about your problem, if using ILS approach you get automatic glidepath (descent) . For this to happen your autopilot has to be on, and auto throttle and approach on.

If you are flying manual, it is important to be low and slow enough before intercepting the ILS, be at 3000 ft.

I have done both that you are describing, overshooting being most common because my speed is to high when starting descent, making it impossible to get down in time. (or stating too late) I think it is important to get the real performance info for the aircraft you fly, you didn't mention what aircraft you use.

OK, I am not an expert and might be way off, but that's my five cents!
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msp753nwa
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RE: FS2004 Quesiton

Mon Feb 28, 2005 3:11 am

Hi, All you have to do is go to the map view and click on the runway you want to land on. Then it will open with a ILS frequency. Put that in your NAV1 and your NAV2 radios. After that go to your autopilot engage approach hold and it should land itself. Hope I could be of assistance.  Smile

Matt
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BA747400
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RE: FS2004 Quesiton

Mon Feb 28, 2005 3:49 am

Hey,
Thanks for your responses....however, my FS wont let me select approach hold AND NAV at the same time........if I click on one, the other turns off....


Mike
 
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RE: FS2004 Quesiton

Mon Feb 28, 2005 4:05 am

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BA747400
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RE: FS2004 Quesiton

Mon Feb 28, 2005 4:35 am

I know, I saw that convo. the other day. BUT it doesn't work for me. If I select BC hold, it turns around and sends me in the TOTAL opposite direction of the airport. I don't know what's going on
 
clrd2go
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RE: FS2004 Quesiton

Mon Feb 28, 2005 4:55 am

Here's what I do..50 miles or so out, or when I've been told by ATC which runway I'm being vectored to, I go to map view and get the frequency for the runway (assuming they're vectoring me for an ILS approach!)..put that in NAV 1 and
leave it. When ATC turns me on final, and advises to contact tower, I turn on
the "APP" button. Assuming you've turned to the heading they've given you
and are at the altitude they told you to be at, you should be all set to intercept the localizer.

I usually fly in manually they last 5 miles or so.


Jim
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RE: FS2004 Quesiton

Mon Feb 28, 2005 6:42 am

Quoting BA747400 (reply 5):
If I select BC hold, it turns around and sends me in the TOTAL opposite direction of the airport. I don't know what's going on


That's because the BC hold switch is for use when landing on a runway where there is ILS on one side, and not the other. Therefore, it flies you in the opposite direction of the usual approach path. I hope that made sense.  Smile

Harry
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BA747400
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RE: FS2004 Quesiton

Mon Feb 28, 2005 7:00 am

IT WORKED!
Thanks so much for all of your help! Just landed at BOS, but I had to manually set her down because I thought we were heading toward the runway a bit to hard.....

Thanks again guys!!

Best regards,
Mike
 
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RE: FS2004 Quesiton

Mon Feb 28, 2005 9:14 am

The ILS is not an autoland system..at some airports it may lead you right to the runway..in others it may not. Best bet is to practice taking manual control
a few miles out. What you can do to practice is during the last 10 miles or
so of the approach save the flight at that point..and you can then go back to it
and use it for practicing manual control.


Jim
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