Quick question

Just a quick question…

On landing on the ILS when I disconnect the autopilot at approx 100 - 50 ft to touch down my aircraft tends to nose dive ?

How can I land smoothly?

Cheers

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Are you calibrating your device beforehand?

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Hello,

Be sure to calibrate your device before disconnecting autopilot.

This should avoid your aircraft nose diving.

Take care mate!

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Yes but still wants to pitch down…

Lol my lass hates it.

Trim, try trim up

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I will give it a go… how much +15 % ? A350

No I’d do 25 minimum.

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At that point in time your aircraft is at a certain angle, let’s say 3 degrees pitching down, but after calibrating and upon disconnecting A/P you might have over pitched your phone device’s position to more than 3 degrees. Also note a change in power/ speed. Gotta juggle all that into one feel, practice makes perfect!

I personally always disconnects at 1500ft to hand fly it down but left the speed on A/P - so I could micro-adjust it along with the changing winds then only totally disconnected at minimums… dunno if this is realistic though, but here’s my references:

How to calculate your final approach speed

REAL BOEING PILOT | How to calculate your final approach speed | PMDG 737 NGX - YouTube

It’s so I could kept dividing the ever changing wind speed by two and add or subtract that to my pre-planned landing speed with my right thumb, all while concentrating on my trembling hands to land the plane and not worry about anything else.

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Ok try maybe +40%?

Cheers for the tips I will give this a go tomorrow.

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I will try it tomorrow, thanks for help.

Dang I just realized that… was about to turn off the lights…

Also disconnect the AP earlier so you have time to react. 1000ft is normally quite good

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My tip is to disconnect autopilot before you get that close (upon reaching 500 AGL is a good minimum) and practice hand flying at least that amount.

Personally I always hand fly my entire approach from at least the base leg.

It takes a lot of practice but even if you disconnect at 500 AGL (a mile or two from the runway) you have more time to adjust if you’re not as well-calibrated as you thought

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Calibrate, its so important

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Calibration is one thing, but trim is even more important. If you don’t trim your airplane, then calibration won’t help.

If you look at the button where you can change the trim, you can see a little purple bar that’s moving up and down. Your aircraft is perfectly trimmed when you can’t see the purple bar. If the bar is pointing down like in the picture below, then you need to trim your aircraft up (+). If the bar is pointing up, then you must trim your aircraft down (-).

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It took me so long to realize this. Until I found it out, my landings were a gambling game. This is the most valuable tip imo along with calibration.

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Cool im at work atm so i will try all yhis tonight.

Thanks to all for sound advice.

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And about the trim, this excellent post created by Kuba_Jaroszczyk. A must

Trim