Best trim for landing?


I just wanna know what is the best trim for landing because I’m always smashing on the expert server and a bad landing just ruins my day lol


It’s preference. Try it. Go on solo, do loads of landings with different trims.

It’ll be different from aircraft to aircraft and from each weight.

Just a tip, when you are on approach, you can disable AP and try out different trims and find the best one. Then proceed to use it for landing.

I recommend somewhere between 10 and 50, though.


Go in the first hud view, line up the runway with autopilot, and come in slightly fast. When it reaches 20 feet, cut the throttle and gently only slightly pull back. Instant butter with less of a flare. Then apply that and keep doing it until you are able to flare more and get a more realistic butter.


As @Superdogs said above you will also feel the ground effect on most aircraft this is when your nose goes up push down on your device a little bit to get that smooth landing. So you’ll be pulling back and pushing down. takes time to do that but practice makes perfect!


Trim = flare?

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I use 10-20, depending on aircraft. Usually, just use 10, but if your aircraft is heavy, use 20.


no flare is when your above 20 feet above the runway trim on the other hand is to adjust the aerodynamic forces on the control surfaces so that the aircraft maintains the set attitude without any control input .


You can do a little test yourself if you go into solo and select approach when you start your aircraft will start going down and you will have to pull back very hard. If you set positive trim you wouldeny have to pull back so hard and can control your aircraft

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The point of my message was to ask why he was explaining how flaring works in a topic about the trim of your aircraft. I know how to land a plane properly c:

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Oh sorry looked like it was a question lol

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It depends from plane to plane, but I generally use 40 to 50 percent. On the DC-10 and MD-11 I use 70 percent to keep the nose up high


As other users have rightly suggested, you have to train in “solo mode”, try the trim you prefer, and choose it. In addition, it also depends on the plane. If it helps, check out this topic:


I use around 30-40% trim for take off and landing

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It depends on other factors like wind, weight, aircraft etc. But really it’s preference, I would suggest going on the casual server (so that it helps your XP and landings count) and just doing touch and goes until you find what works for you.


It looks to like maybe you’re both right. The OP’ title is “Best trim for landing?” and wrote:

So maybe a question is: is trim the one thing that will fix heavy landings? Is it under or over rated as a factor in controlled landings?

I like using solo mode for the short final function that allows you to get lots of repetitive practice fast. What could be better?

I wasn’t aware until trying just now, that every time you hit the short final button, it remembers your last trim setting. So that is useful for testing out how different trim settings work for you.

However, I only just noticed this because I’ve practiced so many landings with short final function, and never set my trim. Yet I get very good landings!

It’s personal preference as to what the plane is doing. Not really a set trim amount

I agree it depends on aircraft.

I don’t see how it would depend on wind.

As for weight, IRL this would be true for how the weight distribution, the balance, changes. Some aircraft even redistribute the fuel during flight to effectively aid the trim.

But I assume weight distribution is not modelled in IF, or is it: front/aft loading on one of the menus?

Apart from the balance of weight, the actual amount of weight affects how much more or less lift you need, which affects the combination of IAS and AoA. I question how much that affects trim requirements in IF (I haven’t tested this). But the different IAS needed for lift changes the trim, and more or less pitch pressure for AoA changes it as well.

In making enough lift for the amount of weight, IAS and AoA are jointed at the hip. More of one means less of the other. But more weight means more of both working together.

by wind i meant like extreme winds

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