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calum Trainee

High guys, I hope you can help. What speed should you be at as you touch down on the runway in a 737. I think I try and come in too slow and sometimes stall above the runway. Not good!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks

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Michael Thomas (SteveT) Chief Captain

Go for 135 knots 🙂

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Jonathan (99jolegg) Chief Captain

Anywhere between 125 and 135kts is good, depending on your weight 😉

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calum Trainee

Thanks guys.

I must have been setting the throttles to idle too soon, because I had autthrottle at 150-160 knots until about 2-300 feet, and then almost idle
thereafter. I would think I was landing, but the plane would crash into the runway.

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Michael Thomas (SteveT) Chief Captain

No problem 🙂

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Jonathan (99jolegg) Chief Captain

calum wrote:

Thanks guys.

I must have been setting the throttles to idle too soon, because I had autthrottle at 150-160 knots until about 2-300 feet, and then almost idle
thereafter. I would think I was landing, but the plane would crash into the runway.

That is your problem then. Throttles should only be set to idle at around 20-50 feet above the runway. Try reducing your speed earlier so you only need around 50% N1 on approach.

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BB27 Guest

I generally set the autothrottle to 140 kts from 160 kts about 5 miles from the runway. It takes the aircraft a few miles to lose 20 kts of speed and stabilize at 140. I then disengage the autothrottle and manually adjust thrust to maintain the glideslope (no input from the yoke needed here, just more thrust to climb, less to descend). By using this method, I can power down or up without having to deal with the autothrottle. I also have a real good feel for the aircraft when landing and in calm conditions routinely ace my landings. Turbulent, windy, and IFR situations complicate the process a bit, but I still seem to get high marks from Fspax when landing.

I generally use the autopilot to within 1000 feet of the ground (100 feet or less for some ILS approaches), but turn the autothrottle off 4 to 5 miles out regardless of the conditions outside.

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