5.31 Can someone give me some hints on how to land a plane properly?
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There are several ways to help learn how to line up for an approach. First,
just start with the light planes. Don't try to land a 737 until you get the
hang of safely bringing down the Cessna, then the Lear, etc.
Second, you can go into View Options and turn on the Axis Indicators. You
can choose between 4 dots or a v-shape. What this does is puts the dots or
v on your 'windshield' showing you where you are heading. Keep the dots
lined up with the runway, and you should stay lined up OK. If you don't want
to use these indicators, learn to pick a spot on the top of your instrument
panel that lines you up with the runway. Keep the runway on this spot.
And of course, learn to use the localizer. An ILS approach really simplifies
things, especially for the heavies. Keep the localizer locked until the last
500 feet or so, then turn autopilot off and finish the landing manually.
Also remember, speed is very important. Too fast and it's hard to keep it under
control. Too slow and you will stall. The pilot's help will help you with
suggested approach speeds.
Brian J. Schumacher
Try the "Lessons" in the Flights menu, They have options that allow you to have
an instructor show you how and then ride with you when you try.
Practice, practice, practice. There are a lot of other lessons on flying
technique in this list also. Too many people ignore them and think the program
should be easier.
Most important is, use the trim (nose up) and flaps to slow down. Use the
throttle to adjust altitude and glide slope. If you haven't yet, get a joystick
or yoke. Keyboard flying is extra tough.
Another item, once you're near the ground, leveling off (the flare), don't try
to land the airplane. With power at idle, try to hold it a foot or two above
the runway (yes, this means you'll have to keep gradually raising the nose)
until it touches on its own. This should let you touch down on the main gear.
Trying to plant it on the ground will mean lots of bouncing.
Larry F. Nussbaumer