# Whats a proper distance on final between planes?

Hi
Whats a proper distance on final between planes. When will you instruct a 360 turn? 2nm between planes? or 3nm? 4nm?

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You wouldnâ€™t do a 360 on final thatâ€™s the main issue here lol

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On final you wouldnâ€™t issue a 360, since that would classify as a go-around. If a plane is established on final, itâ€™s in a critical phase. You simply cannot do a â€ś360â€ť. Then you would need to do a proper go around procedure (which from what Iâ€™ve experienced very few here know how to do).

Minimal separation between airplanes, if you look away from wake turbulence separation is 3nm. However, this applies if the pilots are experienced, and the controller is fast on the buttons. If youâ€™re on the training servers, I would have no less than 5nm, at least.

Also, you need to take into consideration which planes are approaching. A heavy aircraft needs more time than say, a Dash-8.

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Hi as @Mats_Edvin_Aaro and @MishaCamp said,is a go around,but I suggest you also in expert server to maintain almost 5nm separation,yesterday during my session at KSAN i get a plane on final (777) flying at 130kts and the second behind him at 170kts,in 5 second they had 3nm separation,(for the speed difference) so i issue a go around to the #2 , in this case is impossible to land the second one without a collision,never you know if the plane before you know very well how to exit the runway,many people do it very fast but many of them noâ€¦cheers!

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Exactly, and that proves my pointâ€¦ It only applies if the pilots are experienced. That is, keep realistic speeds, stop accordingly and exit before stoppingâ€¦ Which you canâ€™t expect on IF. :P

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Thanks. It was helpful.
It make sense to make a go around instead of a 360 on final.
Thanks :-)

Den 20. okt. 2016 12.18 PM skrev â€śMats_Edvin_Aaroâ€ť <
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Mats_Edvin_Aaro
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October 20

Exactly, and that proves my pointâ€¦ It only applies if the pilots are
experienced. That is, keep realistic speeds, stop accordingly and exit
before stoppingâ€¦ Which you canâ€™t expect on IF. :P

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Visual Seperation? LOL

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