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Old 05-07-2023, 12:24 PM
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Iím new on the Airbus A320 fleet at a carrier flying several of the iterations covered by the A320 type. Iíd greatly appreciate hearing your stories on things the automation does that have had you saying, ďwhat is it doing now?Ē I know this airplane has quite a bit of sophistication in its automation, and Iíd like to hear different stories to fill in the gaps that the simulator and my early flying will likely have. Thank you in advanceóI think many could benefit from this.
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the "advanced level of automation" is based on mid 1980's technology. 99% of the "what is it doing now" is the Pilot not understanding what he himself told the plane to do.

keep an eye on VNAV descents, approach mode, decel point. ALWAYS confirm APPR phase is Green/Active when on final. glance down and double check it.

have fun, outstanding airplane.
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Originally Posted by hercretired View Post
the "advanced level of automation" is based on mid 1980's technology. 99% of the "what is it doing now" is the Pilot not understanding what he himself told the plane to do.

keep an eye on VNAV descents, approach mode, decel point. ALWAYS confirm APPR phase is Green/Active when on final. glance down and double check it.

have fun, outstanding airplane.
Thatís a good one. Youll be in for one heck of a surprise when you give away the speed on final.

When itís 4am on a red eye and you were delayed 2 hours and have flown 6 hours across the country is when youíll find these things. If the PFD is flashing LS at you and you canít figure out what it meansÖ you didnít push the button on the glare shield on the approach prep.
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Originally Posted by hercretired View Post
the "advanced level of automation" is based on mid 1980's technology. 99% of the "what is it doing now" is the Pilot not understanding what he himself told the plane to do.

keep an eye on VNAV descents, approach mode, decel point. ALWAYS confirm APPR phase is Green/Active when on final. glance down and double check it.

have fun, outstanding airplane.
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Thatís a good one. Youll be in for one heck of a surprise when you give away the speed on final.

When itís 4am on a red eye and you were delayed 2 hours and have flown 6 hours across the country is when youíll find these things. If the PFD is flashing LS at you and you canít figure out what it meansÖ you didnít push the button on the glare shield on the approach prep.
Great information. Thank you both. Keep Ďem coming, APC.
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personal technique is ETP point I do my "admin stuff." get an early ATIS at destination (sure it will change, but so what). Verify/validate STAR, likely approach, review NOTAMS again, etc. that is done, now it is an Excellent Time to Pee and I do bathroom break and maybe eat if I get a meal

Prior to TOD, I get LS push button, Auto-brake setting, and brief the arrival and approach. I also talk about Go Around actions "doubt we need it but just in case lets talk about it" etc

follow company SOP but the above will fit somewhere into it nicely and legally in most cases

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Keep in mind that if you get into A.FLOOR and subsequently TOGA LK, you'll need to disconnect A/THR to regain thrust control. Otherwise you're stuck in TOGA.

Keep that in mind. the levers for a while before you think to disconnect it you're going to badly overspeed if at low altitudes.


Also if things aren't going well and you turn the AP off make darn sure you turn *both* FDs off too... that should be instinctive. AP off with FD on should be a deliberate exception such as short final with LS, or possibly VNAV if SOP allows.
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