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Approach Speeds

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Hello all,I'm looking for some rule of thumb numbers for approach speeds. Since there are no speed restrictions in FS2004, I would like to try and mirror the speeds that the AI fly on approach (any where below 10,000 feet) so I dont' get over run by other approaching aircraft.ANy thoughts?thanks-DSN

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Class B airspace speeds must be below 250 kts. I believe it's 200 kts for Class C & D. Actual approach speeds vary with each aircraft. If you can, try and get your hands on a POH for whichever plane you're planning on flying. Are you flying heavies or GA a/c? -Max Cowgill

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If you look at the kneeboard, it will also give you the speeds for the various Vs.

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The NAVY has the best approach method, AOA, or angle of attack. I try to maintain about 1.5 to 2.5 degrees positive pitch on final. This will also warn you of any flap missettings. For example, a high AOA would indicate that your flaps were not lowered enough, Or your A/S was too low. But if the flight model is correct, Use the published approach speeds in the applicable manual. Also if you can get ahold of a US Govnerment Book of terminal procedures (Approach Plates) There is a rate of decent/ airspeed chart for diferent glidesliopes. This will give you a very good indication of the expected rate of decent on the approach. Why is this info usefull? What if you have an airspeed failure?!!! Jim

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