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In 10 minutes learn how to perform an ILS Approach in the Cessna 208 Caravan in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020.

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  • Thank you for yet an other great instructional video Squirrel. Very much Appreciated. I'm a newbie at all this, and you really help with these. One part of the flight that is still puzzling me is: when I am flying at my cruising alt, without using any ATC, when do I start my descent and at what rate? you touch the subject a few times, but it is not clear to me. Once again, thank you for your time in making these videos.

    • That where the VS (Vertical Speed) indications come in handy. If you need to drop from 14000 feet to 5000, that's a descent of 9000 feet. How far are you from where you need to be there in minutes? 10 minutes? Okay, you need to keep that vertical speed indicator at about 900 feet per minute. How far out that is depends on how fast you're flying etc, but most places without mucking big mountains in the way are pretty forgiving of getting to your approach altitude a little early, so starting with plenty of margin is usually okay.

  • As I am learning this flight sim I have appreciated all of the proceeding lessons and have learnt a lot. I have been sticking to the Cessna which features heavily in previous lessons and was hoping that the introduction to ILS landings was made in that. Not only has Squirrel jumped up a plane, he has also outlined the HARDEST way to use ILS. Lost me completely. This is the first video here I have not upticked as it seems illogical to both change the usual plane AND describe the hardest way to implement an ILS landing. Great for advanced users, but very off putting for us novices. Sorry mate.

    • @Aaron James Many thanks for pointing that out. I obviously need more sleep as I had not even noticed that certain videos were prefixed with "Tutorial #" and this one was not. I shall slap my face with a wet kipper and wait patiently in anticipation 🙂

    • @The Gent It's alright man, I'm new and was expecting the same thing. It wasn't until I noticed the same change up that you did, then I realized it wasn't a tutorial.

    • The previous ILS video in the TBM 930 was a very easy way to do ILS, you should check that one out. To be honest, it's done the same way as the Cessna 152, except in the 152 you have to manually follow the indicators, whereas here you just let the auto-pilot do everything.

      Also, huge issue, the Cessna 152 doesn't have a DME, so it's kinda hard to follow a procedure when you don't know your distance to the target. The DME is the instrument that gives you a distance on the radio navaids you are connected to, like VOR beacon or LOC (ILS) beacons. With the Cessna 152 in the game, you can roughly follow an ILS descent manually, but you cannot follow the procedure of an approach chart. You will have to upgrade to the 172 for that.

      Another clarification. He didn't highlight the hardest way to do an ILS landing. He highlighted a harder way to approach to intercept the ILS. ILS landing is always done the same way, but how you get to the ILS is different.
      To clarify, landing in IFR is done in two steps :
      1- Follow a specific route around the airport that guides you to a specific point where you intercept the ILS (or whatever you use to descend), this is called the STAR and is what is shown in those charts documents.
      2- Actually perform the final descent (like the ILS).

      If you just want to practice the ILS descent, you can just roughly fly towards the axis of the airport, with good enough distance and keeping a given altitude (in this example here it's 3000ft I believe ?). Then as you intercept the ILS, you can just follow the indicators of the ILS. You don't need to follow the whole STAR to just practice ILS approach.

    • @Poolback thank you for those useful comments. I have already started using the 172 as Squirrel has used it for a few of the tutorials and found it to be as easy to fly as the 152. What put me off was the three screens in the 208 as I would rather master the 172 before venturing any further up the ladder. I must have missed the ILS video in a TBM 930 so I shall follow your advice and take a look at that. Thanks again,

    • @The Gent don't be put off by the 3 screens. The 208 has 3 screens, but the right most screen is a copy of the left most screen. It's only used for co-pilot, just don't pay attention to it.
      For all intent and purposes, the 208 uses actually only two screen and is almost the same system as the 172, with minimal variation.

      But yeah, in general, I would recommend focusing on the 172 to do this. Just input the frequency of the ILS as NAV1, make sure to change your PFD to VOR 1. Fly to intercept the axis of the runway at a certain distance. Hold 3000 altitude for now, and as you pick up the signal, align yourself on the LOC (or press the NAV button on the autopilot to do it automatically) and then you can presse the APR button on the autopilot to automatically descend following the glide slope. Really easy.

  • The Cessna Caravan has giving me only trouble in MSFS2020. For some reason the autopilot messes up the trim and then the plane crashes. I haven't had this issue with any other plane.

  • Hell yes, nice! I sat center seat in a USAF Learjet that did the approach into LAX like that one smoggy night. Totally looked like that! THANX

  • I thoroughly enjoyed this video. I think it was even better than the last one because of the way you demonstrated how to use the VOR and ADF in addition to the ILS. I'll need to watch it a few more times though to fully understand it.

  • It would have been a good tutorial, if I understood all those abbreviations meant? DRV VOR DME HGV LPG, you lost me. Not for beginners I guess.

    • I’m a beginner too, but I am coming along. I have found it useful to start in the 152 and learn VOR navigation the old way. That gives you a good grounding in some of this stuff. Then you can load up the 172 and start to get to know the basics of using the autopilot in the G1000. Plenty of videos on both of these things on YT. That really helps understand what he’s talking about in this much more advanced video, but don’t jump in here first.

    • @Jonathan Young im totally confused on how to intercept and ILS, I don't even know what end of the runway I should be at. Bewildering

    • I wouldn’t start with ILS yet, just get a normal landing down. Talk to ATC and listen to which runway they tell you to land at. The number of the runway aligns with its heading (so runway 27 is at a heading of 270 degrees when approaching it). They’ll also tell you how to approach the runway, so “base”, “downwind” etc. This takes a bit of practice before you get it, so I’d start there. Look up tutorials on airport patterns. One step at a time, so head straight for instrument flying!

  • Very cool, i actually followed someone elses video flying in germany and was able to do this very thing for first time in my game in following same germany airports at the video i found but i'm currently playing OnAir from KMCO Orlando and so far i've had no luck flying to a couple different florida airports (KLEE and KBOW). The frequencies i'm seeing is too high in the charts i found for nav frequencies and not fully understanding what all the frequencies mean or what they are used for. So i looked up "florida ILS approach airports" and actually found a list of all airports with ILS,, ,turns out 2 i went to so far doesn't have ILS, so wondering if there was other options or they just have to be manually flown in. I haven't had any issues flying and landing my plan however manually using the cessna 172 so far. But i'm trying to learn all the various methods and systems available so i understand what all my options are. It's fun figuring it all out but i learned through some frustration over 2 days not to use MSFS 2020 menu to setup flights with the cessna 172, it royally screws up autopilot in-game everytime i do. but if i just select a parking space,, load in game,, then put my flight plan into system manually then GPS is working fine, i hope that's just a bug that will be fixed in an upcoming patch as over time i'm going to want an easier way to punch in all these waypoints. I guess easiest way right now is put start and end destinations in, then select the departure/arrival/approach as needed and go with what you get closest to your flight plan (using simbrief so far)

    • There is a website called Airnav that has American airport information. You can plug in the airport code there and it will give you information about the airport, including links to any instrument approaches available. Runways without ILS might have an RNAV (GPS) or VOR based approach where you use either a GPS or radio beacons with specific altitudes to find the runway. These are a lot less precise than ILS but can be a lot of fun.

  • If you utilize the Lead radial on the app chart you can avoid overshooting the LOC, in real world ops we avoid banks in excess of 30° in IMC to keep the establishment onto the localizer smooth, last thing you want is to go out of tolerance on the last turn and go missed after a 15 mile arc procedure.

  • Sorry I can only give 1 thumbs up, it deserves more. As a newbie, my question: this type of approach is only possible to airports with ILS? What happens if coming into a small airport like some in FSEconomy in fog/clouds? Or even a bush airport with no lights?

    • On the MSFS map you can see two types of airport, the ones with blue circle have instruments procedures available, the ones with brown circles don't, and you will be required to land on visual. Make sure you check them before flying them, and check the weather forecast for those airports. You might just be able to land visually.

  • There is a lot to unpack here. It would be great if you could do a tutorial covering ILS basics and how to use the G1000. This is like learning to sprint 100m before I’m walking. 😉

  • This is the kind of stuff that keeps me engaged after the newness of the amazing graphics wears off. 😁 Now if I could just figure out how to get RNAV to work!

  • What it really would be of great interest to your subscribers, is to tell them how come you got rid of the big labels when manipulating any knob or button in the Garmins, because I cannot replicate what you do or with the expediency that you show, I have to fight the stupid labels and get an extreme close up to get any changes that you look to make with no problems. Your labels seem very small.
    Do you have some modified copy of the simm? I see that all you tubers do certain things a bit different than the average user, and your tutorials are good, you seem to use different tools than the average user.

  • off topic but could i have your help and seek your wisdom? i’ve searched for people having the same problem but i’ve had no luck. i enjoy using live traffic but it seems glitchy. the planes always have gen (generic) next to them, despite having a flight number. also, even when it’s a major carrier like qantas/klm, when you see the plane, it is almost ALWAYS a g36?! is this the sim, a setting i can change or a glitch? cheers!

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