[Summary] Landing Gear

Every singe airplane in the whole wide world has them, however only half have the ability to extend and retract them.


The landing gear is the wheels with which the airplanes use to maneuver around the airport on the ground. Pretty simple. However around only half have the ability to extend and retract the landing gear.


The gear on most planes in the simulator have a button that allows you to extend and retract the gear. You automatically spawn with the gear down. If your plane has the ability to extend and retract the gear, a button labeled GEAR will be to the right of your screen. When the gear is down, an orange outline will appear around the button. If the gear is up, there will be no orange outline. You can only retract the gear if you’re in the air. If you attempt to land without the gear, the game will think your plane has crashed. You toggle the gear by simply taping or clicking on the button while in the air. Be warned: IF THE GEAR IS DOWN, YOUR PLANE WILL HAVE DRAG, WHICH WILL REDUCE SPEED. Apoun pressing the button, your airplane will have the cool animation of the gear extending/retracting, along with the sound! You will only hear the sound if you’re in the HUD or cockpit.

Appropriate operation times

When taking off, you should retract the gear once 500 ft above the airport’s elevation. During descent, you should extend the gear once you’re 2000 ft above your destination airport’s elevation.

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Actually not 100% true. Sea planes and snow planes have water floats and snow skis respectively. But yes, they are somewhat a type of gear.


Thats what i meant.

You should retract over 30ft AGL
Lower at 3.5 nm

Lower gear at 5-8 nm. Explained in Mark’s tutorials on youtube ;)

Shouldn’t this belong in the #tutorials:flight category. If so, you must be TL3 or (regular) to post in that category.

Correct me if I’m wrong.


You should up it only is you have positive acceleration.

Positive speed, gear up!

Positive rate in this context means a positive rate of climb rather than positive acceleration. This positive rate of climb is indicated by a positive v/s and the altitude increasing on the altitude tape.

In a normal take off profile in a large jet it’s actually not the case you continue accelerating immediately after take off, you basically hold V2 or V2+10 until you reach your acceleration height which is usually 1000ft AAL, at which point you lower the nose a bit to reduce pitch and begin accelerating.