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  • Landing

    Hi all

    Bit of help please i have been playing FS2004 for a while now but for the life of me i can't land properly how do you get the the nose up just before you touch down when i pull back slightly on the joystick the aircraft starts to climb again

    any help appreciated

  • #2
    You need to practice more.

    Easy throttle down before touchdown about 200 feet from ground. Stay on speed around 130 knots to touchdown what depends on jet aircraft and weight.

    You need to use often trims up and down often while landing.

    Use your num pad UP= 1 and DOWN = 7

    Use trims up for landing best result.

    (you can use joystick pull up slightly not too much) while touchdown zone area only...when 100 feet from ground the throttle should be idle down.

    Do not push button too many times trims up it will stall the plane.

    Hope that helps.

    Enjoy flying!



    • #3
      It really does depend on the aircraft you're flying and it's weight Alan. Rule of thumb is make sure on the PAPI lights (the 4 lights beside the runway) you've got '2 red, 2 white - You're doing alright '

      With the B744 and 1/4 fuel load add 3-5 kicks up of trim during the final approach, this should help keep you slightly more stable. If you're still struggling add abit of 'dullness' in the sensitivity settings using the menus.

      Keep the speed up around 170kts and select flap position as required (either 25/30 degrees for landing).

      In the final couple hundred feet ease off to approx 160kts ready to begin the flare.

      Either at or just under the 50ft callout gently pull back on the joystick and retard the throttle to flare. Make sure you cut the lever fairly sharp-ish rather than slowly ease off. Flare too early and you'll sink and bounce on touchdown, flare too late and you'll float down the runway.

      At this point just very gently 'tickle' the joystick and around 10ft pull back just a few more degrees ready for the touchdown. Then the next thing you should know the gear is making smooth contact with the runway and then that's when you get your reversers and spoilers on the go

      Hope that helps,



      • #4
        Sounds silly but have a look at videos on YouTube, there quite helpful. Just search for jumpseats, landings etc and you'll get an idea of the touchdown zones and when to retard the the throttles.

        Like Dale says, it depends what aircraft you fly. A319/20s seem to retard there throttles quite late, but some aircraft retard them alot earlier.

        And use trim, that's one of the most people don't seem to use but it makes takeoffs/landings much easier.

        If you can, try filming one of you're landings.



        • #5
          When you're coming in on the approach, you should trim the aircraft so that the nose stays where you want it when you take your hands off the controls. That makes it so much easier as you only have to make small adjustments. Speed is VERY important. Try to keep your speed within 10 knots of your approach speed. If you're too slow, add a touch of power and lower the nose a bit. If you're too fast, raise the nose a little, and if that causes you to climb, reduce a touch of power. You should use power to control your rate of descent/climb and pitch to control your airspeed. In larger planes you don't want to cut the power until you're about 20 feet over the runway.


          • #6
            If it helps Alan, another way of doing it is by taking flying lessons in a C172 through the flightsim school on how to land. There you'll be given virtual arrows and boxes which will lead you right down the glideslope to the asphalt and whilst at the same time being talked through the process by an instructor.




            • #7
              Cheers guys i will TRY and put what you have said in to practice


              • #8
                Also, rule of thumb is to flare at 30 % above stall speed in whatever aircraft you are in as well as in whatever configuration you are in (flaps, gear, etc.). Practice in the 172 for a while until you get the hang of it. The lessons help a lot as well.