# How fast do you usually descend?

Before a flight I always have my landings planned. I set up markers to tell me when to change VS. Typically 35,000-30,000 ft I slowly descend at 1,000 VS, 30,000-15,000 ft I descend from 1,500-2,500 vs, 10,000-5,000 ft I descend at 1,500-1,800 VS and from 5,000 ft to touch down it is 1,000-300 VS.

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Not bad descent profiles. I’d say you’re rather spot on.

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I calculate it based on my ETE. I know, it’s not the correct way of doing it but it works for me.

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I usually divide my GS by 2. For example, if my GS is 400, then my VS will be -2000.

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When you descend be sure to keep an eye on your speed and use your spoilers as needed. The worst is descending and making it past 10k only to get dinged for speeding.

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Please visit this tutorial & remember to research before you post. There are an uncountable amount of “how to descend” posts right across the forum.

P.S: Welcome to the forum!! If you need any help just give me a nudge 👍🏼

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I’m a savage and I descent at 2500f/m all the way from cruise to 3000 (AGL). Then I wait until I line up with the localiser, then I descend at 1000f/m until I reach 1800ft (AGL), when I take manual control, or I use the APPR

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Yes, I made that mistake at 20,000 ft into SFO going air speed 290 knots. I realized if I kept that speed I would land short so I throttled up to 310 knots for around 2 minutes and made a successful landing. By 10,000 ft I am usually at around 215-230 knots.

She is asking a question that has been answered many times and now we are straying completely off the topic.

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Okay let’s settle folks. The forum is supposed to be a place for civil discussions so let’s keep it that way. Thank you for understanding.

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18 to 2400 FPS dependent where I am e.g 100 miles out or 60 miles out

Depending on my altitude and distance, from above 11k feet to 11k feet, 2000fpm, lower than 11k feet to 2k feet, 1200fpm, and 2k feet to touchdown, between 1200 to 700fpm.

I usually descend between 2000 and 2,200 feet. Any higher and the IAS would start rising (At least for me)

I usually use my gut feeling but the general rule is 321

3: Multiply ALT to be lost by 3 and divide by 1000
2: Divide VS by 2 and Multiply by 10
1: Land

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I wasn’t really being off topic about it I was just stating the fact. If she was asking how to descend I’m sorry and I did not really check the topic. It should be a little more descriptive so I can understand what she is trying to say and in the support topic

So do I, when I’m at 35,000ft I descend at 35 minutes out usually at 700-1,200FPM

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