Okay, this is an article written about “How to land in a plane in flight simulator” First of all, when I say flight simulator, I mean any version of it. Whether it is FSX or FS2004, it doesn’t matter. What you do need to see is that I’m talking about commercial jets, not propeler aircrafts, as they don’t require some prodigious instrumental skills to land.
Well, let’s get to it. Now, any kind of plane will be traveling at it’s cruise altitude of, lets say, 37,000 ft the whole journey. You will be traveling the same. Now, if you planning you flight (Flight plan) make sure you click the “IFR” button, not the “VFR” ‘IFR’ means instrumental flight route, while ‘VFR’ means Visual Flight Route. So, click ‘IFR’ and then choose you destinations and then make the flight plans. You must have Autopilot skills for this to work, as it is most important. I would advice you, if you are flying a great distance such as, eg. from London (Heathrow) to Singapore airport, you should choose “High Altitude Airways” for the flight route instead of GPS. And also, make sure you have some knowledge about the ATC (Air Traffic Control) before trying to land a jumbo jet, as ATC is the most important thing you will need for it. So, back on to it, okay, let’s say you are nearing the Sydney airport on a Qantas 747-400. The ATC will probably tell you decend to an altitude between 20,000 to 25,000 ft. It might also tell you to deviate from the route you are following on GPS. Do as you are told and wait till the Autopilot had done it’s work. Don’t reduce the speed from 250 knots unless you are told to do so by the ATC.
After you leveled off at the altitude you were told to decend to, the ATC will issue another order to decend further down. Now this time, you speed should lowered to about 210 knots. For a good measure you might want to lower 8 degrees of flaps, but if a warning comes, retracts it again and wait till the speed had dropped. Okay, now you will be decending slowly while your speed is getting reduced, and you might be going further away from the usual route depending on the airport. The ATC will now or a bit later will tell you to contact the for example, “Sydney Approach on 102.45” Do so as, and then it will tell you a runway for which you have to approach and watch for vectors (Remember the runway number and letter). This is the time to act. Pause the flight simulator by clicking “P” and then click on the “map” button to bring up the map. Search for the airport you are going to land and zoom it. You will now see green lines on the map coming from the airport. Zoom in more and find the runway which you were told that you have to approach to. After finding it, click on the green stripes extending from that runway. A new window will open up. There will be a radio signal on it. Remember or write it down. Close the map.
Now, don’t resume the game yet. There will be button to open the radio stack, click it. This will feature many radio signals but don’t worry about everyone of them. Look for the radio signal with the sign “NAV1” on top. On the right it will be the sign named STBY. Change the radio signal under it to the one you just remembered or wrote down. After that, click the double sided arrow inbetween the STBY and ACTIVE. Then the signal on STBY will go to ACTIVE. Then click the button under the arrow to activate it. Now, you can resume the game. After several seconds, you will hear rhythemic beeping sounds. This means the radio signal is recieving. Now, you should click the button named “Approach holder”
Now, you should be decending to the final approach altitude of 2,500 ft, after a several moments of ATC and things, that is. Your speed should be under 160 knots, with the flaps extended fully, autobrake set, the landing gear down