Credit to the one and only Captain Joe!
I think T/D Approaches should be added to our maps on certain aircraft because it really helps us know when to decent, us as pilots really don’t have a perfect way to decend, a T/D on our map would help a lot.
Just making it nice and simple. A Top Of Decent Approach will tell you when to decend based on your speed and what V/S etc. You can either do a direct approach or not direct and have a transition. This would help pilots out tremendously!
To learn more in depth look at Captain Joe’s video here
I hope you like it! I hope this has the possibility of being implemented into Infinite Flight!
IF pilots have varying different ways of flying. I personally do all the calculations I possibly can, but I know people that load more fuel than they need, hop in any plane, rotate at 180kts, and fly at Mach .90. Some people (like me) will follow arrivals with set altitude restrictions, while others will nosedive into the airport. A top of descent profile in this diverse of a simulator will not do very many people much good. I ignore the SimBrief ones for the very reason that they often disregard SIDs and STARs, so I would ignore those too. It definitely would help the people that want to be realistic but don’t use charts or flight planners or anything, but I think people generally work things out on their own better than a top of descent would.
Yes. That’s what I do, -500, but that method does work. Think about it though, 110 kts cruise, let’s say 100 on descent, that makes you travel 5 miles every 3 minutes. -500 feet per minute. At that rate, you’re down 1500 feet after 5 miles so there ya go
Pretty basic stuff to calculate an estimation. Altitude to loose x3 and it’s done. Descent at 1500-2000fpm. In RL even it gets calculated by the FMC you always double check.
GSx5 is applicable to calculate your decent rate on the 3° Glideslope.