Landing Procedures

Graham333 Guest

In real life avaition what are the correct procedures when lined up about 50 - 70nm out from here what is usually done and in what order right to parking at the gate?

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TimH First Officer

Are you saying that you line up with the runway 50 - 70 nautical miles out from the airport? This wouldnt be done in the real world for a number of reasons, firstly, its not always possible due to traffic restrictions etc. Secondly, if you were 70nm out from heathrow, you would be talking to London Control (london center if you prefer the american way of ATC). They would be unable to tell you what runway to land on, as it could easily change by the time you get close from 70nm out

It would be about 30nm out that you would contact approach and listen to heathrow ATIS (im just using heathrow as an example, but it can be any airport). You then know what is the active runway, and approach will advise you the correct STAR to use to get to the runway (FS ATC doesnt use stars so they will vector you themselves instead, not as realistic but works all the same). You should be slowing down at a slow and steady rate throughout this time (from 30nm out to 10nm out approx). For a 737 its best to work your way down to 170knots IAS for the long approach

Contact tower when instructed, announce your request to land on whatever runway that approach advised you. As you pass through the speeds from 30nm extend your flaps to the appropiate setting for the speed.

When you are 10nm your flaps should be about 25 (737). When you pass the outer marker, lower the gear, and lower the flaps to 30 (737). Arm the spoilers and set autobrakes to the appropiate setting (for a dry runway use 2, for a wet runway use 3 or 4 [737])

Follow the localizer and glideslope down to the runway, and when you are about 35 feet above the runway, gently bring the power down to idle, and raise the nose smoothly and steadily to about 5 degrees nose up pitch. The airplane should lose speed and the vertical speed should be less, but not 0 or a positive number

Touchdown and bring the front nose gear down smoothly. Reverse the thrust fully, and when the airplane slows down to 60knots, bring the thrusts back to idle, and put the autobrake setting to "off". Use manual braking if necessary from now

Turn off on a high speed turnoff at 30 knots (a high speed turnoff is a turnoff that is less than 90 degrees) or 15 knots for a 90 degree turnoff

Taxi to the gate using instructions from ATC, and then bring the nosewheel to a stop at the end of the yellow T at the gate.

Turn off lights and turn off engines. Open the door and let the passengers out!

Hope this helps


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VegasFlyer Chief Captain

Very nice instuctions Tim. 😎 🙂

Jamie4590 Guest

Nice one Tim. 👍

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Daniel Scotcher (danielscotcher) Trainee

i normal just turn throttle off and just go down and brake lol i dnt try that hard i need to tho 🙄

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