How to stay on the glide slope

Hey so when I hand fly on finale I always get to low on the glide slope. How can I fix this?


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Sometimes even the slightest movements can bring you off course. Make sure your speed is high enough so you don’t dip down but also slow enough where you don’t fly up. Throttle, believe it or not, can also affect altitude


Hey! It sounds like you’re either flying too slow or pitching down too much. Increase your speed to keep your altitude higher and maybe use a bit of positive trim. If you get above the glideslope, decrease your speed and you’ll begin to sink.

Here’s an image of a standard glideslope:

Credit to the User Guide

The best thing to know is that your aircraft should not be angled down too much. Preferably, you should almost be flying level while slowly sinking in the air. Speed is often more important than angle.


What speed is that usually for the a320?

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Another good tip is to use your FPV or flight path vector and line it up with the touchdown zone. This will keep you on course.


A320 is good to land at about 130 - 140kt but it really depends on your weight


You can use the papi lights beside the touchdown zone for guidance. Unfortunately, IF doesn’t simulate papi lights as realistic, as there are only two lights instead of four.

What I do, is I go into hud view, intercept glideslope where the papi lights turn red and white, and then keep an eye on the flight path vector in hud mode. This changes constantly based on your imputs. Aim the flight path vector on the touchdown zone, and try to keep it there. What I usually do now is fly it through cockpit view as I’m very used to the glideslope, but that comes with a lot of practice.


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If your hands are unsteady, or you have difficulty holding the device still, you can always go into settings > controls, and turn down the sensitivity. This will help you make more deliberate movements to control the aircraft.

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With an A320family airplane aim for a descent rate of around -700 feet per minute with a speed of around 135 knots and you should be fine. I can also recommend the ILS guidance on the PFD and the Papi lights, which were already mentioned before.

Use auto throttle and set it between 130-140 for airliners and heavies and 145-150 for supers. Make sure to disengage auto throttle when you are close to the runway.

Thank you that really helped me!

Make sure to always have the green diamond in the ILS line in your altitude indicator

With the addition of STAR/Approach altitudes, make sure you are hitting those altitudes as close as possible when at those waypoints.

I like to always start my descents a litter earlier and start at about -100ft/min or -200ft/min and gradually increase the negativity of the VS from there

All this needs to be in HUD mode though!

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As the glide slope is typically -3 degrees, I multiply my GS by -5 so 220 would be -1100 fpm to maintain the G/S. Hope this tip helps!

This is what I recommend after 300ish feet just Visual it, No need to fly the slope

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