When to extend gear?

Hey everyone! I have a simple question.

When are you supposed to extend gear?

I do it at about 2000 feet. Is this too high or too low?



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I usually do it between 6-5 NM out from the runway.


I usually do it about 10 NM out from the runway.


Whenever I am about 3-4 minutes out and my landing checklist (not including gear) is complete, I drop the gear.

I normally extend when we get to the red lines that start wide and get smaller.

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Actually, It depends on the aircraft. for large aircraft, you would lower the gear later because of the large drag the gear creates. Usually 6-8nm out.

For smaller aircraft, they usually lower it a little farther out, because it doesn’t have as much drag effect as on large aircraft. Usually 8-10nm out.



Larger aircraft- 767
smaller aircraft - a320?


i drop my gear at around 6 nm for heavies and 10nm for narrow bodies

a 767 would probably be around the middle, maybe 7-8nm out. An a320 would be around 6nm.

Things like a 777, 747 and 787 would be at the 9-10nm point.


I usually try to do it at 10nm out. Although I sometimes do it earlier if I need more drag to slow down.

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6-7 NM out for me. On heavies, 9-10.

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I tend to lower the gear when I intercept the ILS aproach path

7-10 nm for me depending on aircraft

I usually do it 7-8 nm out

Ive seen multiple 737’s drop their landing gear at 5-6 nm away from the field. Then they’d drop their final flaps at about 4 nm.

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During CPL training we’ve learned to do it at GS intercept. That’s how I do it on IF as well.

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On final. I think that’s what they do irl

I saw 2 videos about a Lufthansa A380 and both times the pilot extended the gear at 2500ft/about 6-7nm out)

When I’m at full flaps, or when I need the extra drag to slow down.

That’s literally the opposite of what you said in the earlier post.

Where did you find this information? As it doesn’t make sense, drag is completely relative to the aircraft an A319s gear is a helluva lot smaller than a 777s for example, but so are its wings for lift, engines for thrust and it’s tailplane for control… because it’s fuselage is smaller. On all the aircraft I have operated on, gear has been dropped around the same time and is actually dependent on several different factors including the captain’s comfort zone, wind, glideslope amongst others.