When do pilots deploy landing gear?

  • When do pilots deploy landing gear? fooot

    The landing gear should be down in order to qualify as a stabilized approach. Other than that, what are the guidelines on when to deploy landing gear on approach?

  • As late as possible to still meet your company's specific stabilized approach guidelines (mine were 500 ft VMS, 1000 ft IMC). If you need the drag, then use them earlier.

    In the EMB-145 in still wind or a headwind you could cross the FAF at 250 kts and clean and be on speed and configured by 1000' if you dropped the gear at the FAF (and opened the speed brakes and the first notch of flaps all at once). Normally though, I'd drop the gear around 1000'.

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