Originally Posted by Thaellar243
I don't mean to rain on the guy's parade or be a stick in the mud, because the pilot of the tutorial video has done a decent job showing ILS procedures; however I believe he's being a bit too aggressive with his speeds.
1. With the A/T set at 250, when descending, it is too easy to exceed the max speed of 250 under 10K feet.
At =<5000' and while being vectored to an ILS approach by ATC, the IAS should be =<230kts.
2. A good habit to get into is that, after accessing the localizer, the HDG should be turned to RW heading as well.
(It makes it easier to maintain RW heading in case ATC orders a Go Around)
Another option might be to set the HDG to the prescribed, procedural missed approach heading, if you happen to have access to the carts. (For PACV it's a left turn to 201 degrees and a climb out to 4600', which could also be preset into the ALT AFTER the GS was accessed.
Also, if ATC orders a right or left turn shortly after Go Around, it's less distance to set the HDG one way or the other.
It also doesn't
3. Once the LOC and GS have been accessed, the IAS of the 737 should be more like 160 until 5nm out when IAS should slowly be reduced to 140 and landed at or less around 130 to 135kts.
The video doesn't show the amount of fuel so we can't tell how heavy the aircraft was; however VREF for this aircraft should not be 160knts. Another good habit is to fly with only enough fuel for the planned flight, plus allowance for a possible holding pattern, and to travel to and land at an alternate airport.
4. Once the A/T is disengaged, and using the hand throttle, also a good habit is to set the A/T speed to about 220 for a nice smooth G/A recovery using the A/P after cleaning up the gear and flaps.
I'm not a 737 pilot in the real world, but have read and learned from their posts in the past.
BTW the Vref speeds on the kneeboard reference are not correct for the 737-800 in FSX.
For one thing, you don't land faster with flaps set at 40deg. than you do with them set at 30deg.
From a Boeing manual:
Depending on weight:
140 klbs (63 ton) Flaps 30, 146 kt Vref
120 (54 ton)....................135 kt
100 (45 ton)....................123 kt
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