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Hi, maybe it may sounds a rookie question ( and that's it ) but when choosing the ARR runway I am proposed several ILSs for the same runway, each one seems to have an own transition by the way. What's the difference between ILSW, ILSX and ILSZ all related to the same runway ? F.i. ILS04W and ILS04Z etc.. and the maximum seems to be 3 for each runway. Thanks in advance

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yeah same question for me, i´m a rookie in programming routes..and dont know that too


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You can see the difference between those approaches on the airport charts. Most time it has something to do with the go-around procedure. Depending on the runways in use (especially those for take-off), you need different go-around procedures for one runway. For example: At Vienna airport (LOWW) you have ILS X 11 and ILS Y 11 approach. If runway 16 is active for departures, you will get an ILS Y 11 approach, because of go-around. In case of go-around you make an immediate right turn to avoid crossing rwy16.If runway 16 is NOT active you will get ILS X 11 approach. In this case go-around will be straight ahead (crossing rwy16, which doesn't matter). Hope it's clear :)


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You can see the difference between those approaches on the airport charts. Most time it has something to do with the go-around procedure. Depending on the runways in use (especially those for take-off), you need different go-around procedures for one runway. For example: At Vienna airport (LOWW) you have ILS X 11 and ILS Y 11 approach. If runway 16 is active for departures, you will get an ILS Y 11 approach, because of go-around. In case of go-around you make an immediate right turn to avoid crossing rwy16.If runway 16 is NOT active you will get ILS X 11 approach. In this case go-around will be straight ahead (crossing rwy16, which doesn't matter). Hope it's clear :)
Thanks but considering there is not ATC ( due to FSX fake ATC ) I assume there no such criteria involved therefore which criteria should I use when choosing a runway appr before takeoff or when I am approaching a certain airport ? Thx

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I read some where that ils z means the waypoints before the final approach fix or the missed approach needs GNSS capability ,and that is the proffered one ,other wise the others are with different missed approach or initial approach routing

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Normally, the route in the FMC that the pilots have input is a company route without a SID on the departure end and without a STAR on the arrival end (there may be some exceptions to this for some carriers who fly specific, known routes and always fly the same SID and/or STAR).

 

The general reason they hold off on the SID and the runway is because of the winds. The prevailing wind will determine what runway will be used for the departure and therefore, which SIDs are available for that runway. Again, there are airports where this isn't the case such as Los Angeles where day time take offs are always west bound (for noise abatement) unless there is a tail wind.

 

Since I don't fly my PMDG 737NGX like I've described above, what I do for my departure airport is determine which runway is used most of the time for take offs and I program that one into my CDU. In other words, i do it ahead of time so I know what runway and SID I'm going to be using when I get to the CDU route input part.

 

Once I know my runway, I can then use SkyVector.com and have a look at the SIDs for that direction of flight. As you know, there can be a lot of SIDs so narrow down the list by looking at the direction of flight for those SIDs. Then you'll be able to choose one and know which one to select when you get to that part in the CDU.

 

I do the same process for my destination. I pick a runway that is used most of the time and then select an associated STAR.

 

I listen to liveATC for my airports and get a good idea of what runways are in use. There are probably other ways one can determine this I'm sure and perhaps someone will comment on how they do it.

 

The point is, when you get to the part in your pre-flight where you are inputting you route into the CDU you should already know what runways and SID and STAR you are going to be using. If you don't, you have not done enough homework prior to the fight. I'm talking about for us flight simmers.

 

In the real world, the pilots will input their landing runway and STAR but it is very subject to change when they arrive and see what the winds are doing.


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Well, I guess the question wasn't about arrivals but about ILS approaches.

 

If an airport has more than one selectable ILS approach leading to the same runway you'll need some kind of designation. And that is just what the letter means. There's no worldwide standard rule about the meaning of the letters. Often you hear the rule that the most used approach is the one with the alphabetically last letter, but that is not true for all airports at all. Other reasons to have more than one ILS approach for the same runway could be:

 

-The level of congestion.

-The selected arrival or arrival transition.

- Noise abatement / time of day.

- Aircraft sizes.

- Other active runways. (as explained above in Vienna).

- Weather conditions.

- Airspace condition (ex closed areas due to other activity).

- Any other kind of good reason.


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-The level of congestion.

-The selected arrival or arrival transition.

- Noise abatement / time of day.

- Aircraft sizes.

- Other active runways. (as explained above in Vienna).

- Weather conditions.

- Airspace condition (ex closed areas due to other activity).

- Any other kind of good reason.

 

 

That answer is spot on, 100% correct. There are many different reasons.  It wasn't specifically mentioned, so I'll throw in Time of Day (which could be due to obstacles, noise abatement. or other reasons).  Really too many reasons to list!

 

If you're flying offline, consult the chart and decide on your approach you'd like.  Note that some X/Y/Z approaches have a different DA.

 

If you're flying online (and if you're not, please consider doing so as soon as possible, you'll thank me for that and kick yourself for each day you didn't), then ATC will inform you which approach is in use. It's rare to be in the ATIS, given that conditions change might that don't warrant a runway change. 

 

Oh, and an EXCELLENT QUESTION by the OP!  Love to see people get into the weeds!


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