ILS Tuning

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jonnymagics2003 Trainee

Hi everyone,
While playing FS2004 i can only carry out visual landings and getting abit bored - would like to know how to do ILS landings. I understand the basic principle of ILS, but can anyone tell me how i find the ILS frequency and tune it in while on approach (IFR)?

Many thanks,

Jon 🙂

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Pro Member First Officer
Jason (Av8r77) First Officer

The lessons in the program shuld answer most of your questions.

You tune the ILS just like a VOR, and once you hear the morse code ID, it is reliable. You will put the course for the runway (say it's 020 degrees for runway 20) and center up the course deviation bar. When you have done that, you keep the needle centered and wait until the glide slope is alive (it will start moving down).

You should ALWAYS intercept the glideslope from underneath. When you see the glide slope "come alive," or start to move, you want to keep the glide slope and course centered and fly it all the way down to 200 feet off the ground. If you don't see the runway by that point, you must execture a missed go around.

The freq is on the approach plate, or you can go to one of the numerous websites that has airport information and get the approach plate for the airport.

Try flying the lesson a few more times, you will get it eventually.

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RadarMan Chief Captain

I don't think you can find a better tutorial than this.
If you have any further problems please feel free to ask..


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The short answer to your first question is this: to find the ILS frequency for a particular runway, open the map and click on the airport. You'll find a list of the runways and their ILS frequencies and bearings, if there are any. Not every airport has ILS, of course.


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Alex (Fire_Emblem_Master) Chief Captain

This will guide you through ILS tuning, approach, and landing


1. When ATC says something liek "WifeBeater 767, you are 32 Miles away. Turn right heading 105, descend and mantain 2,500 feet, cleared ILS runway 36R Approach". You have to click on your MAP icon in your cockipt. Then, move your mouse over the destination airport. Mind you, the airport MUST have the ILS feathers (thes are the green things that point to the runway). Double click on the airport. A list will show up. Scroll down the list untill you see a chart that shows Runway numbers. FInd 36R, or whatever your runway is. You look to the right and see a radio frequency. We'll use 100.100 because its easy to remember. Don't forget the frequency.

2. Open up your Radio Stack, and enter in 100.100 in the NAV1 Radio, usually the righmost radio number is the one that can be messed with. After you enter it 100.100, using the mouse wheel or clickin it. Press the button that looks like thsi somewhat, its in the middle of the 2 radio displays <-----> That changes the NAV1 Radio frequency from whatever it was, to what it is now (100.100)

3.Turn on the NAV1 Radio by clicking the switch at the bottom of the radio stack, unless its already on, like with the LearJet.

4. If you have Autopilot, and you are using GPS to follow waypoints, switch the NAV/GPS button back to NAV!!!! YOU CANT FORGET TO DO THAT!!! YOU'LL BURN AND DIE IF YOU DONT!!

5. Follow ATC directions to approach. Now, when you approach the Runway, you will see the pink arrows near your attitude indicator move...usually Heading first, then Altitude. Simply fly in the directon and atitude of the pink arrows intull they center themselves, that means you're on the glideslope!

6. If you wanna use the autopilot to fly the approach, simply follow steps 1-4, then click the APPR button on the autopilot panel.

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Netz Rafi (Rafi) First Officer

Above all those ways there is an other way if u using GPS. U can find the correct freq in the GPS
And to your “comfort” the GPS will set the freq into your settings automatically.(NAV1)
How?: It is much longer to write it down then to give you the source address. At the tutorial-> Using GPS around page 15 the answer. Pay attention to the Tip at the last 2 lines. It is very convinient if you have to change target air-port suddenly.

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