Hey y’all! I’ve got a tutorial for y’all today, on how to land the 737-800/900 properly.
Bolded words will be defined at the bottom of this tutorial.
To keep from stalling when on approach in the B738/9, you’ll want to have a relatively high N1 compared to other aircraft. Your N1 should be in the range of 50-70%. When approaching an airport, keep a low approach, so stay a bit below the glide slope. This helps with flaring the aircraft right before landing. Your approach speed should be 140-150kts, which will be reduced later. Around 5 miles out from the runway, lower the landing gear, while adding flaps 30. This will create extra drag which in turn means we need more thrust to balance it out.
Flying the short final to a runway with the B738/9 can be a bit tricky right off the bat. When you reach 500 feet, disengage the SPD A/P, either add Flaps 40, or keep 30, and maintain a 50-70% N1 level. Keep this N1 all the way down to 100 feet. At or below 100 feet, all autopilot should be disengaged. Your speed should now be in the range of 120kts to 130kts. Like stated before, it can be tricky, but with practice, you’ll get better.
The flare is debatably the hardest part of landing this beautiful craft. A perfect, textbook approach and landing puts the aircraft at 50 feet when crossing the runway threshold. So, that’s what you should aim for. The flare should start at 10 feet, and you should slowly “roll” the plane by pulling the throttle and the yoke. This will slow your aircraft down, while bringing you closer to touchdown.
The 4 stages of landing are as follows. Flare, touchdown, control, rollout. First you flare, then touchdown, control the aircraft once it touches down, then rollout. After controlling the 737-800/900, you’ll engage reverse thrust, until 60kts. After 60kts, you’ll engage the breaks, and find a good runway turn off.
- N1 - N1 is the rotational speeds of the first engine section expressed as a percentage of a nominal value.
- Flaring - In the flare, the nose of the plane is raised, slowing the descent rate, and the proper attitude is set for touchdown.
- Drag - Drag is the force that acts on every part of the airplane, slowing it down, and opposing its forward motion.
- Perfect, textbook landing - A textbook landing is where the aircraft passes over the runway threshold at 50 feet, and the gear touches down on the double piano keys.
Thanks for reading and good luck!
I am not responsible for any mishaps caused when using this tutorial. This tutorial will not guarantee success, it will only bring you closer to it.
Pretty Hot Regards,