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Instrument Flying and Flaps

Lesson 2

This is true for instrument flying as well. Don’t wait until the final approach fix (FAF) to get it slowed down. Get it slowed down while in the vectored transition, or outbound on a full approach, so that when you get to the FAF you don’t have to change so much “stuff” all at once. And, virtually all aircraft are much more stable on the final approach with a notch of flaps, and a stable “stabilized” approach IS what we (and the FAA) want.....isn’t it? Then only a minor power reduction, or lowering the gear, at the FAF will result in a smooth transition to a nice descent rate, which is easier to control and observe.

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