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1) I enjoy this product but must admit i do not now how to land manually. Is there any tuturials on how to land manually or any detailed instructions someone can spare from their experience.2)What about if i go to an aiport and I get cleared visual approacg rwy 25L what do I do.3) Is there a need to activate ap2 on approach? What does it do4) I was landing at KSNA RWY 19R and the plane landed a little before the 1st quarter of the rwy and it did not stop on time. Any advice at this airport? Do I have to retard the thrust early to land faster and have more runway or is it a bug any advice it would be appreciated.5) I imputed the lift scaller and now i can see the rwy the whole tiem and looks great but when i go outside to look at the plane it looks like it has the same pitch up attitude that it doesent need to flare its already flaring the whole way. Even though the lift scaller allows me to see now.Thanks ahead of time for the imput and my complex questions. thank You guys. Happy new Year by the Way.Walther MedranoProud PSS A320 Owner

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Hi Walther. I'm not quite sure what you are asking. Are you asking for a tutorial on manually landing? If so, you will probably never find one. To me, manually landing the aircraft is about the same as an autoland in most aspects. Instead of the autopilot doing all the work for you, you will to handle the approach and lnading yourself. You still have to do your homework. You need to know Vref, get yourself set up on the approach (and do use the ILS as a reference, real world pilots do this as added safety info), configure and set flaps on schedule. And most of all, practice to get to know the characteristics of the aircraft in the different regimes of configurations. AP2 is never used for visual apoproaches.

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You can very well do a visual pattern and land say for example in your case for rw25LI am presuming that you have done visual patterns in other planes.To simulate closely the sidestick control of A320 in Fs2004/options/controls/ assignments/Joystick axes/ I have assigned the Joystick sideways movement(Y axis) to elevator TRIM axis instead of the Elevator axis.So actually when you move the Joystick forward and aft it is moving the Elevator TRIm instead of the elevator.Advantage is that it closely resembles (just resembles) the CWS type of control the A320 has.Also because of this, since the trim is near where it should be, after takeoff when you engage the Autopilot, you do not have any problem of pitching down etc etc.Following is the extract of visual pattern for A320Approach at 1500ft AGLOn Downwind abeam the runway... .....press PERF key .....Activate Approach Phase in FMGS .....Select GoRound Altitude .....Select Autobrakes to MIN , MED or MAXSpeed will come to GREEN DOT ....Select Flaps 1 and Select speed SABEAM the landing Dumbell(If you have the NUM LOck ON pressing momentarily the NUM4 button or NUM6 button will let you peek to left or right to assess when you are abeam).......Start timer.......Fly for 45 seconds (Wind correction apply 2 sec for every 2kt head/tail wind)TURN BASE ...Select RWY heading ...Select flap 2 Select speed F+20 ...Lower attitude to get 500ft/min Rate of DescentWhen Flaps are 2 ...landing Gear Down ...ARM SpoilersWhen three Landing Gear greens, ...Select Flaps 3 Select Speed FIntercepting Extended Rwy centerline on final approach, ...Select Flaps Full Select VappShould be settled down and stabilised by 500ft AGL ...If Stabilised...on retard call out flare by just a fractional increase of pitch and retard the Thrust lever to IDLE gate(Remember NUMPAD +/- advances/retracts throttle to sucessive gates) ...Check spoilers deployed ...After Nose gear down, Apply Reversers using the NUMPAD - key again till 60 knots then NUMPAD+ to get the Thrust Levers to Idle Gate.If Not stabilised at 500ft or anytime you wish to goround ...SET TOGA Goround Thrust(Numpad +) ...Rotate to 15* pitch ...retract 1 notch of flapsPositive Climb established ...Gear UpCleaning up the plane to Flap 1, Climbing turn to 1500ft downwind.Note:- For visual circuit I leave the AutoThrust on in Managed speed mode and keep the FD off and fly the plane with the PFD raw data for pitch and bank attitude.As you keep lowering the flaps for the circuit pattern , the autothrust takes care of maintenance of speed to the selected speeds and we just do a regular pattern. Do it only if you are fully aware of the AUTOTHRUST SYSTEMCAPTBALA

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BTW about the AP2 , There is nothing like you can not use it for visual approach.Either Autopilot can be used for ANY phase of flight except that you can use only one autopilot at a time normally.So to keep a check on the serveceability of the autopilots, we generally in actual flights, use say AP 1 on outbound flight and use AP2 on return flight.Both are fully capable of all modes independently.The only time when BOTH autopilots can be engaged is when ILS is selected and with VORLOC Green , the second autopilot also can be engaged for failsafe Mode. With that your approach category(capability ) also goes up since the approach will be that much more fine tuned.Captbala

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