Pilots, check your radar screen, and observe the speed of aircrafts in front of you and behind you. And adjust your speed accordingly.
This is particularly important when on Tower frequency, because the ability to control aircraft speedy for Tower is limited.
Speeds tips before landing:
- You have the entire 11 NM on final to slow your aircraft down to its landing speed. An aircraft with a landing speed of 135 kts, can easily enter the ILS cone on 210 kts. You’ll be amazed how quickly you slow down, when you drop your landing gear.
- When on base and final, observe the speed (= ground speed) of the aircraft in front of you, and adjust your speed to maintain a healthy distance (3 or 4 NM) behind him.
Below is a screenshot to demonstrate what I’m trying to get across.
In the picture below, two things are wrong.
- A2Z is doing 139 kts which at that point is way too slow.
- Swiss 4376 is not flying a speed that can keep him behind the aircraft in front of him (he did slow down later, as requested, thank you).
These are just two examples, where Tower ATC needs to issue speed instructions, while really the pilot should be able to see if he needs to speed up, or slow down.
Again, keep an eye on that radar screen and be wise about your speed.