40 Great Flight Simulator Adventures

by Charles Gulick

Meigs at night

Midnight Ride

North Position: 17155 Rudder: 32767
East Position: 16675 Ailerons: 32767
Altitude: 2362 Flaps: 0
Pitch: 359 Elevators: 39935
Bank: 0 Time: 3:30
Heading: 352 Season: 1-Winter
Airspeed: 80 Wind: 8 Kts, 90
Throttle: 10500

You're at or around approach speed and configuration, inbound to Meigs (where were you until 3:30 a.m., anyway?). You're cleared for a straight-in approach to runway 36.

Take over and continue, making any and all corrections to suit your purpose and your flying preferences.
    The purpose here is to give you a readily accessible setup for practicing approaches and landings in general and night approaches and landings in particular.
    The most useful technique for such practice, I find, is to deliberately vary your configuration so that you're not always approaching in the same familiar one. That means vary both your heading and your altitude along with power setting if desired.
    For example, once you depart the edit mode, you might climb a couple of hundred feet higher and then take up the approach. Or turn to a heading 15 or 20 degrees to the left or right of the one provided, and then settle down to your approach and landing.
    Another variation might be to assume your landing is from the opposite direction; in other words, you are cleared to land on runway 18 rather than 36. Either direction, it's a crosswind landing.
    In any event, considering the hour, I trust you are sober and are concentrated solely upon flying the airplane. Should you feel drowsy, pull over to the curb and shut down the engine.

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