Just been flying around the place and although I am making good landings at various airports, I am still not sure if my descent rate is good, cause the landings are still a lil bit hard.
I am currently landing at about 250-350ft/min with full flaps at about 130knots.
How does that sound?
Speed and flap position look good. Rate of descent should be less. Don't use VSI to land. Eyes should be outside the cockpit. All aircraft don't have a VSI. The way your landing is not bad. You could be a little closer, say 100-200 FPM. Landing at the proper speed and tonchdown point is more important than how soft you tonchdown. In a jet, you don't want a feather light tonchdown. Spoilers operate via squat switiches on the gear. If you try to hold it off for a very light tonchdown, you will float and use up runway. Don't forget to arm the spolier if required for your type of aircraft; some auto deploy.
Vertical Speed Indicator I think.
Vertical speed indicator (VSI) reads rate of climb or descent.
Can I just ask a newbie type question plz.....
To lower my rate of descent to I have to pull up or level out?
I would have thought to pull up.
Also, if I lower my speed before my ILS approach, would this help, or does the glide slope always take you down at the same descent rate?
Use thrust to make a descent shallower or steeper, don't move the yoke around willy nilly. Look for other posts on the same subject, you'll find a treasure trove of knowledge 🙂
You're correct to Pull back to decrease your rate of descent. You should slow your airspeed for the ILS. The ILS normally gives you a constant 3 degree angle to the runway. It does not give you a constant rate of descent. Use the elevator for small up and down corrections on the ILS and use power to control airspeed. This is the way the autopilot handles the ILS.