# landing question

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seeing that I'm getting back into fsx

when flying say from Sydney to Adelaide , (Australia)..

say at 320000 feet , how far out from Adelaide should I start my decent?

and select my approach to land and is there a flight level that you should stick to before the actual

airport/runway ??

thanks guys :pilot:

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seeing that I'm getting back into fsx

when flying say from Sydney to Adelaide , (Australia)..

say at 320000 feet , how far out from Adelaide should I start my decent?

and select my approach to land and is there a flight level that you should stick to before the actual

airport/runway ??

thanks guys :pilot:

A general rule is 3(cruise altitude-airport elevation/1000)

So for FL3200, Adelaide is at Sea level,...

320,000-0=320,000

320,000/1000=320

320*3=960

So the answer is 960 nm.

If that is a typo and you meant 32,000, then the answer would be 96nm.

peace,

the Bean

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Never argue with idiots.

They drag you down to their level and beat you with experience

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say at 320000 feet...

First contact Houston Space Center :)...

After that, apply three to one rule. 3 Nm distance per 1000ft descent.

You can also fly IFR, in that case ATC will guide you.

Be aware their instructions mostly involve steep descent, especially on a straight in approach.

Wim

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thanks guys,

I did mean 32,000 feet lol !!

I haven't done IFR yet ...

I need a flight level chart on the wall I think.

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A general rule is 3(cruise altitude-airport elevation/1000)

So for FL3200, Adelaide is at Sea level,...

320,000-0=320,000

320,000/1000=320

320*3=960

So the answer is 960 nm.

If that is a typo and you meant 32,000, then the answer would be 96nm.

peace,

the Bean

That's about what TOD is usually is as displayed on the ND.

Interesting question and I too want to learn it, what happens is

I start descending 140-160 nm out no-matter what aircraft I fly and VNAV gets me down nicely to ILS at about -1200 fpm. Airbus does it a bit steeper without being accelerated.

I understand it's wrong, I watched tons of videos on youtube where they show you what they do but it never goes to extensive detail (many things are left out).

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I dont know ( flying defualt 737 till I can afford the pmdg 737)

which has the upgraded cockpit with working fmc..

should I be activiating the approach via that or the little GPS that you pop up as a screen

casue when I hit activate the plane wants to do a complete circle , before it gets on the right heading ? when do i use the gps button ??

I feel like a learner all over again ... so frustrating..

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There is a dandy little gauge you can add to your panel that will let you know exactly when and how fast you need to descent to hit the pattern altitude (although you can set the altitude you want to arrive at). You input the airport ICAO you are aiming fr, and set the range you want to hit the altitude you want to hit, and it constantly keeps updating it's self for your descent rate. You can even couple it to the auto pilot and it will descend at the speed it was last showing when you coupled it in.

The gauge is the Descentometer found in the library here on this site. The file name is descentometer.zip, oddly enough :)

Otherwise, the Rue of Three, like the Wiccans use, strangely, is your best bet, or file IFR and the ATC will direct you down.

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Time to start figuring out how v/s and groundspeed together make up the flight path angle.:)

Figure it out for a 5% descent first. (same as normal glideslope)

What does a 5% descent mean for altitude vs distance.

What does a 5% descent mean for v/s vs groundspeed.

What if it's 4%.

Then create a basic formula: for X%, how can I quickly find wat v/s I need at current groundspeed.

I could give you all those answers, but you learn so much more if you do the calculations yourself. You will learn a LOT from that. One tip, you will need to know how many feet go in one NM (6000), and how many seconds go in one minute (60).

Enjoy,:)

il88pp.

Don't give up to quickly, it took me at least a week of googling, scribbling on various notepads, getting out the old calculator and geometric triangle, to figure it out. But there was a huge reward. Now fsx no longer is a guessing game!

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I dont know ( flying defualt 737 till I can afford the pmdg 737)

which has the upgraded cockpit with working fmc..

should I be activiating the approach via that or the little GPS that you pop up as a screen

casue when I hit activate the plane wants to do a complete circle , before it gets on the right heading ? when do i use the gps button ??

I feel like a learner all over again ... so frustrating..

Grab the Quality Wings 757 instead of waiting, it's been reduced to \$25 and one heck of a deal, and the FMC will keep you busy :-)

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what are there in the way of business jets? that can say do similar mileage

to the 737 ??