# When should I start my Descent?

Refer to this website! This website is a great option I, use it a lot! :) http://aerotexas.com/desplan/desplan.php

Basic Rule I use
10,000 ft - 35nm out of dest
20,000 ft - 70nm out of dest
30,000 ft - 105nm out of dest
Then anywhere in the middle can we calculated/estimated then when I cross a specific landmark or decent (10,000 ft e.g) then check up with this and if you need to adjust your decsent but usually I go for -1500 ft/m
Hope this helps

I have tried to use the simplest option (VS, it works really well)

I remebr watching that video , I was like I should challenge him to a butter competion

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If you are to high when you reach an airport, just circle the airport while descending. It is what most planes do I believe.

To make my flight easier what I do is take a real flight replay from FR24 and copy its flight path as accurately as possible. And when it comes time to descend i just check ant what altitude the real flight was at a certain point and i descent accordingly. And at the end if i did it right im at a perfect glideslope altitude. No need for leveling off or anything.

I descend 160nm out to 10,500 then at 50nm to 6000

I just do some simple math an judge If itās realistic or not

I like to use this website
http://www.freedomair.us/DescentCalc/descentdistance.php
It works pretty well

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When u have 30 second till landing and u gotta dive do what u do. Well uh i crashed during final due to 7000fpm

AHEM maybe if you read the topic you would see that the rule of thumb is āno less than -2000 fpmā which, is in fact greater than -250.

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Hahahahaha!!! His buttering is soooooo smooth!

Gonna be a bit of a challenge! ššš¤£š

@KindaAngrySliceOfPie

You are quite wrongā¦most irl pilots and hopefully sim follow their fpl and plan their trip so that they descend and arrive at their dest on scheduleā¦and only circle in a holding pattern if instructed to by an approach or tower controller ā¦since it usually takes about twenty to thirty min to for a balanced descent from 30K plus ā¦optimally you should start your descent between 500 and 2000 fpm and adjust accordingly from around 125-150 miles out !!!

It depends on what your current cruising altitude is, how many NM away you are from your desired airport. Although if I were to be at 35k feet I would start descending, at 1500fpm so that would normally be 23-24 minutes ETE to your destination, but this only applies to the given scenario I have created here.

Actually IRL pilots circle airports quite often. For example; burning fuel, waiting for a slot to land, waiting for weather. Sometimes the pilots will circle the airport to give them to fix something. I am taking flight lessons and my instructor says circling an airport to descend for a full stop is quite normal.

Please write in correct grammar, it really bugs me when people donāt. Thank you for the feedback though!

As l previously enunciated those actions you have designated are usually under ATC parametersā¦at least for airliners ā¦ not just arbitrarily executed as you seem to ascribeā¦if every pilot just decided that he/she can just take all the sweet time they wanted and land when they felt like itā¦then there would be no need for any preplanning and the ultimate result would be virtual and irl kaos in the skiesā¦ so if you only fly to uncontrolled airports in props and small jets with minimal traffic then you can maintain that philosophy !!!

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Thatās pretty much identical to what I use to descend

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Hey, whatās the link please, I didnāt found it on the net

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http://aerotexas.com/desplan/desplan.php

There u go dude

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