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Old 03-15-2017, 02:57 PM
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Originally Posted by waterboy2110 View Post
Providing the approach is stabilized, at 1000 AGL I chop the power and give three swipes to the pitch trim nose up (Cessna). This slows me down and keeps me centered on the needles. Once in the white I can deploy the flaps and start looking for the airport.
If you wait to long it's going to be a fast rollout or missed. If you don't find and master a technique for transition you will loose the needles.
For the comments on timed approaches - I recently read an article promoting at least to make note of the time in case the GPS went south so you would at least know when to generally go missed or look for the airport. Made sense and I will start making note of the times as part of the approach briefing.
Everyone needs to find out what works for them personally, however I wouldn't recommend making any drastic changes - especially inside of the FAF/at 1000 AGL. Stabilized by 1000 AGL (roughly 3 NM at 3 degree GS, :02 ish in RV speeds) in IMC is a good standard to maintain IMO. It would be difficult, for me at least, to be chopping anything and maintain a stable approach. Fully configured and on speed at the FAF (usually dirtying up one dot above glide slope intercept allows time for this if you're comfortable with the airframe), set power for 500ish FPM (5 x ground speed to fine tune this #), and drive it to DA. I often do not go past 10' flaps. If I'm shooting an approach in my neck of the woods, I have plenty of runway.

When stabilized, FAF to MAP seems like an eternity and a 200' approach flies the same as an 800'.
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