Do it yourself: ILS landing in FS02/FS04

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Do it yourself: ILS landing in FS02/FS04

Post by Rhythmosaur » Sun May 30, 2004 4:41 am

Here is something for you who want to know the basics of ILS landing. Check out my tutorial. Enjoy!

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Post by lortiawhak » Sun May 30, 2004 4:54 am

very helpful! :D
nice job!

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Instrument Approach

Post by som31 » Sat May 14, 2005 7:46 am

Here's another article I found interesting Instrument Approach available at Skycolors Team's website.


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Post by pjholl » Sun Nov 05, 2006 12:57 am

Alternatively, try this! (I think it works) :?

This will work in almost any aircraft in FS2004 that has an autopilot, the only differences will be the takeoff and laning speeds, cruising alt and VS.

In this example we will fly from KSEA (Seattle) to CYVR (vancouver) in a 737. The cruise altitude we will be flying at will be 15,000ft. The reason for this is that we want to be desending at around 10,000ft for every 33 miles from the airport. So on a long flight, say your at 30,000ft, you want to desend at about 100nm out, so you are at 20,000ft at 66nm out and 10,000ft at 33nm out which allows you to desend to 3,000ft for finals with plenty of time left.

As this flight is 111nm 15,000ft should be just right, although 20,000ft would be almost perfect, we would have to start desending almost as soon as we got to 20,000ft.

So, set your AP to 15,000ft, ias to 250kts, VS to 2,000 and heading to 322. Set CYVR in your GPS. The number in the top left corner of your GPS (under DKT) is the direction to the airport which is why you put it in your heading for later when we turn NAV off.

Switch NAV/GPS to GPS and takeoff. Takeoff at about 140kts and climb at about 15-20degrees making sure you dont speed up too much above 200kts. Lift your gear up after takeoff and lift your flaps to 0 by 230kts no later. At about 2,000ft turn on your AP along with ALT NAV and IAS.

Wait untill your plane is following the pink line before moving on to the next step. (dont forget to goto 330kts above 10,000)

Press PROC and then ENT and for this flight we will be landing on runway 26R, so press the SMALL RIGHT HAND arrow on the dial until ILS26R is flashing. Press ENT x 3.

Before we do the next part, flick NAV/GPS to NAV and press HDG on the AP. On your GPS press PROC then ENT......done.

What we need to do next is know the frequency for runway 26R. On your GPS press the BIG RIGHT HAND arrow and then the SMALL LEFT arrow. Push the dial (press PUSH CRSR) and keep pressing the BIG RIGHT HAND arrow until you get to the bottom of the page where the runway frequencies are. Next to 26R is says 110.55. Press PROC twice to get back to the map.

Open your Radio stack (SHIFT+2) and enter 110.55 into your NAV1 STBY and make it active, close the radio stack.

Going on our previous calcualtion, from 15,000ft we will start to desend from about 45nm out. So keep your GPS open at start desending to 3,000ft at 45nm, change your IAS to 230 aswell. Your VS will automatically go to -1,800 leave it at that.

Now, we are curently headed directly toward the airport, so we need to turn a little so we approach the airport at an angle so we can line up with the runway. Turn to HDG 335. At this point you can also change your course on the AP to 260 and you will see that the arrow on the comapss (below the artificial horizon) will now show the direction of the runway relative to your position, you dont have to do this but it helps give you some perspective.

When you get close to 230kts put your flaps to 5 (235 will do), and set your GPS RNG to 20nm. You should see that there is a pink line in the top left corner of your GPS in line with runway 26R. This is the line we will follow to land on.

You should have the airport 4W6 almost directly in your path..when your about to fly over it, set you GPS to 10nm, at this point you should be almost at 3,000ft.

We need to approach the pink line at about 45 degrees so we dont have to turn too much onto finals. When you get level with the pink triangle SAFOL turn left to HDG 290. during the turning, slow to IAS 210kts and put flaps at 10. IMPORTANT-> underneath your artificial horizon you will see a small pink triangle and it should be right of center. Keep an eye on soon as it starts to move left press APP on your AP. As you turn reduce IAS to 180 and put flaps down to 15 at 195, 20 at 190 and 30 at 180. You can now close you GPS, and put your gear down.

After a short time the nose of your aircraft will begin to lower. At this point set your IAS to 147 and put your flaps to 40 at about 160kts.

When your ready turn off your A/T and AP and land manually.

To make it more of a challenge try doing it in heavy fog.



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Post by groundsquirrel » Sun Aug 05, 2007 1:24 pm

For those who want still more professional how-to about instrument flight/landing, here is a link I found whilst perusing AVSIM's news.
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this is great

Post by hi09 » Sat Sep 01, 2007 3:45 am

this was all great, but any of you have any links or suggestions for a beginner who wants to learn ILS landings? alot of it still looks like hex code to me....

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Post by Matt_Jetspeed » Tue Aug 25, 2009 11:12 am

Yeah the same with me hi09, I been playing flight sims for a while but I'm more of a beginner when it comes to flying professionally & all these things are so confusing! I'm not good at using instruments, most of my landings are just pure luck & good judgment or prediction lol! Please give appropriate suggestions, info & tips for beginners otherwise it's very confusing for newbies or new to ILS like me. :P Well I found a great tutorial from Flight Simulator Guide, but I hope you guys can give some more tips/help too. Here's the ILS approach tutorial:

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Post by Cat1 » Tue Sep 08, 2009 5:21 pm

Everything you need to know is in the link in my sig... Happy reading :wink:
If you want to learn how to fly IFR and land with ILS or have any questions about IFR/ILS. Click this link and the information is there: ... _handbook/

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Post by skipperdan » Wed Sep 09, 2009 4:29 pm

Thanks Cat.

That is a great link. As I have been preaching, if you really want to learn about aviation, you need to go to the library or else do some searching on the internet. 8) 8)

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