ILS Approach Waypoint runaround

I look up the weather before every flight, problem is the ATC does not follow headwind RW assignments. It appears they just pick one at random so when they do assign you an approach you either have to load the new one or request your original RW and approach from the menu.

The direct to is a workaround yes but airliners you would just load the approach and it should pick up wherever you are on the plan. ATC is assigning approaches way too late and the GPS waypoint following logic for approaches is “always start at the beggining”.

I preconfigure my approach because ATC is useless in MSFS2020.

So if thats the case… is the wind of the destination airport on the sims flight planning correct for approach selection? Like if its showing 270 at 15 knots i will select the approach for the nearest runway bearing?

This works most of the times: after you load or activate the approach, open flight plan and select a leg you like in the approach sequence (for example the leg to the FAF) and press MENU. After that, an option to Delete the Flight Plan choice appears. Now, it sounds crazy, but press the fms knob ONCE, as suggested in the message below Delete Flight Plan. Be careful because you risk a crash to desktop. But if you are lucky you have the option to activate the leg you selected.

Another update and we continue with the same problem.


Yes, I’m very disappointed. Still love the sim but this bug in particular is becoming very annoying.

I started on a cross-USA trip in the Bonanza, and selected the eastern and westernmost airports in the contiguous US. In my second leg I had about a 2 hour segment leaving the east coast and crossing New York. I used live weather so it was night, scattered clouds, a stiff wind, and was flying IFR.

I simply forgot to select an approach, and realized it when ATC gave me my expected approach. If it worked correctly it wouldn’t be a problem, just plug it in and activate.

I was prepared to fly it manually, but in the process of fiddling with it, the game did a full CTD because of a related bug when you click around in the approach options. So a 2+ hour flight ended 20nm from the destination airport with the program just vanishing. Oh I also discovered when that happens, the flight does not get put in the logbook.

I don’t want to be toxic like many here, MSFS has such great potential, but I am very unhappy navigation is in such a state. To me this is much more important than updated scenery. I could care less about a better modeled Japan, make the planes primary systems work. When the flight part of Flight Sim works, then we can ohh and ahh over scenery.

If you read this and agree, I’ll reiterate my request to go get this voted higher in this thread linked below. It’s only got 68 votes right now. Also find and vote on any thread concerning Garmin bugs, as it’s probably a linked issue.


It’s not brilliant, but the workaround here checks out:

Whilst that video focuses on the Garmin, I’ve tried it out in the A320 and it seems to work.


Developers, please fix this!

Everyone, please vote on the aforementioned thread to help get this resolved ASAP.

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Yes please vote on this issue because with the announcement Garmin fixes are being pushed out to Update 9 (for context, we are waiting on update 4 next week, so that’s well into next year I think?), it would not be amiss to stress this is not a “Garmin” problem. It’s there in the airliner MFD’s as well, so it’s the back end navigation system set up incorrectly.

While I would love an upgraded Garmin experience in the sim and look forward to seeing what they release with update 9, I’d love for them to fix what is already in place as implemented so we can use it in the meantime. It would be quite functional as is if it worked properly, and would probably ease some frustrations.

Does anyone know if this has been reported on Zendesk support as well?

I have. Everyone should to enhance visibility

Can you please explain how to do this in the A320? I can’t seem to get this fix to work.

It is the error that I hope with more desire that they solve

I don’t know about most people here but I been flying the Microsoft Flight Sim, since I had 7 colors on my computer. I have bought a few planes made by other persons, and they seemed to function normally. I remember when Microsoft said there will never be another Flight Sim program. When this program was announced, all I expected was to see were better graphics, aerodynamics. I had no problem with ILS flying with any of my other planes ever. So why fix, or redesign something that has never been broke? The airplanes should have been 100% functional, before any flying was attempted, and I paid more money to get what I thought a working B 787? When I want to see visuals of cities, I’ll use Google maps. You don’t really have time to sightsee when landing a jumbo jet, and that’s what I bought this thing to fly. Lucky I didn’t buy copies for the rest of the family who have MSFS.

Please continue to vote on the thread linked above please guys.

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I do this, too, but I will often be assigned a different approach. Then I can’t get a response from ATC when requesting a different approach.

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I have found a few of those. In that case I just ignore ATC and land anyway. Appears to be a mismatch when trying to select a runway in updated nav data to one that did not exist when the scenery was made.
Example is Tulsa 36R 18L is a new runway with ILS, updated Navblue and Navigraph data you can fly the approach and land but ATC doesn’t know it is there.

If you look at bing maps the pics were taken when the RW was about 90% done. Baltimore Airport has one that is that way as well.

Was this solved with the last update?

Sadly not :frowning:

Was this solved with the last update?