Originally Posted by Ant1981
There are no set procedures, expecially in the flight simulator. I the real world, perhaps during an emergency, a pilot could be forced to fly that back course for instance.
You can use the autopilot BC (back course) Mode to land on the opposite RW. The localizer will work the same and hold the aircraft on course. The glide slope won't be available, but with careful planning of the rate of descent to the RW elevation can be accomplished with amazing accuracy after some practice. If the ILS has a DME the distance to touch down is known and be quite easy. Just fly a normal approach configuration with flaps and gear down and maintain the same speed and rate of descent as you would when following the glide slope.
Using every resource available is what makes a good pilot and navigator. That goes for everything from using VOR, NDB, ILS and does include back course capibilities. They won't have put it in the aircraft if you didn't need to use it once in awhile.
After you get proficient using the modern day NAVAIDs, perhaps you might take an interest in learning how they did it 40, 60, 80 or 100 years ago. There's so much you can learn and so many different interests it still amazes me after many years of flying the flight simulator.
Without FS no modern day pilot learns to navigate and fly using a sextant or Radio Rangeing, or perhaps a single or two ADF' to plot your exact location.
As was said above, it all depends on what you want to do. It's best to learn the modern ATC and flight planning procedures, however the better you get, the better you'll want to become. This hobby is an on going learning process if you want it to be.
By all means learn to satisfy your curiosity now, those other interests can come in time....... OR NOT.
Hope this helps
Last edited by NikeHerk67; 11-01-2008 at 09:16 PM.
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