Flying School - FS Instant Approach Maker: FSX Runway
FS Instant Approach works with Microsoft Flight Simulator X and Microsoft Flight
Simulator 2004. It has several useful, fun features - the most powerful is the
ability to put you on approach at any runway in the world in a matter of seconds.
You decide on the runway, select your options and press the 'connect' button in
FS Instant Approach, at which point Flight Simulator will place you on approach
to that runway! Take a look at the features...
On Approach Feature
FS Instant Approach gives you the opportunity to instantly practice approaches
and landings at any runway in the world!
Enter the code of the airport at which you wish to practice a landing, for
example, KGRB (Green Bay) or KORD (Chicago). The registered version of the
program allows any airport in the world, for example, EGLL (London Heathrow) or
KLAX (Los Angeles).
Press this button to find the runway in the FS Instant Approach runway data and
set it as your approach airport.
Approach Random Airport
Press this button to select a random runway - anywhere in the world - and set it
as your approach airport. Note that the runway information is displayed when the
button is pressed. You may wish to press again for a different runway if the
runway randomly selected is unsuitable for your aircraft (for example - it is
too short for your airliner!).
Check this box so that FS Instant Approach will put you on approach to your
chosen runway when you press Connect.
Nautical Miles out from runway
Use these two boxes to enter the distance you want to start from and the runway
that you wish to land at.
Choose the speed at which you would like to start the approach.
(Note this feature is not available for FS2004).
ICAO Codes start with
If you wish to restrict randomly chosen airports so that they begin with a
preferred letter or letters, you can enter the letters here. For example, enter
"K" if you want codes that start with "K" such as KLAX (Los Angeles Intl) and
KJFK (Kennedy Intl), or "EG" for airports such as EGLL (Heathrow) and EGLC
You can filter randomly chosen runways so that they must have an Instrument
Landing System (ILS), or they must not have ILS, or you can include all runways
without regard to ILS being present.
Random airports can also be filtered by elevation. Check this box if you want to
specify the minimum or maximum elevation in feet of the airports to include in
Note - if you want no minimum then leave the selection blank - do not set it to
"0000" as that will exclude runways which are below mean sea level. Likewise, if
you want no upper limit, leave that selection blank.
You can set the surface wind at the approach runway. Check this box to set the
surface layer wind - note that the altitude of the upper limit of the surface
layer is controlled within FSX.
If you change the wind using this control and want to go back to what it was
originally, you need to set it to something else here. It will not 'reset' to
its previous value of this is left blank.
Kts (Surface Wind Speed)
Set the surface wind speed here. Note that this speed is used regardless of
whether the pilot chooses to set the wind direction in degrees or by choosing
the relative wind direction option. The speed applies to either method.
You can either set the wind direction in degrees OR you can set the wind
direction relative to the aircraft's heading when the approach starts. For the
latter, use Relative Wind Direction.
Relative Wind Direction
This sets the surface wind relative to the aircraft as it starts the approach.
Check this box to turn on surface wind gusts. Use with caution - the gusts can
be very challenging and their strength increases in proportion to the wind
Use this control to set the visibility for your approach. Note that this does
not change the overall weather and so it is possible to have very low visibility
on what Flight Simulator otherwise describes as a clear day. Think of low
visibility set this way as being haze, mist or fog.
Approach Altitude (Option)
You can now optionally set the specific altitude to start your approach if you
do not wish the program to compute it automatically.
A new set of filters allow you to set the minimum and maximum length of a
randomly chosen runway. This is a great way to practice short field
approaches... or to make sure there is enough room to land that big airliner!
Automatic Radio Setup
Get some handy help with those radios!
Automatically tunes NAV1 (Navigation Radio One) to ILS (Instrument Landing
System) at destination runway (if it is available there). Things can get busy -
this can be very useful.
Automatically sets navigation radio (NAV1) OBS (omni-bearing selector) to
heading of destination runway. Depending on your aircraft's equipment, this can
help you with your approach.
Automatically tunes COM2 (Communications Radio Two) to ATIS (Automatic Terminal
Information Service) at destination airport. Handy to save time and COM2 will
not interfere with ATC communications.
Remember that to hear COM2 you must press the button on your aircraft's radio
which broadcasts the audio from COM2.
Time Of Day
Practice day, night, dawn and dusk!
Set (local) Time
If you want to practise approaches at a particular simulated time of day, you
can turn on this checkbox and enter the time of day here so FS Instant Approach
will set it when you connect to Flight Simulator. Note that you must first
select an airport for your approach.
Note also that this is local time, not Zulu (UTC) time.
The amount of daylight will obviously also depend on the simulated date and your
Save and map all your flights with Google Maps. You can even share them with any
friend with a PC, tablet or smart phone (using the device's web browser).
Save & View Google Map of Flight (displayed after Disconnect clicked or flight
ends with a landing))
Wouldn't it be nice to be able to review your flight paths over real world
satellite terrain using Google Maps? And... wouldn't it be just great to be able
to store them and look back over them at your leisure? How about sharing them
with friends? Oh - and how about tracking taxi routes too?
Now you can do all of this with FS Instant Approach's Flight Mapping feature!
In order to share a map - just copy the URL in the browser's web address field
at the top of the screen and email them the address.
View all Flight Maps
This button will open a browser which lists all the Flight Maps you have logged
with FS Instant Approach. You can review them at your leisure!
|This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 18 September, 2012.