I am flattered to hear you enjoyed my post.I also enjoy reading the comments of the fellow pilots too.Also I do appreciate to learn any piece of information about the my new airplane,experience that it counts.
About getting warm to the FMGS,to be honest I have just learned to say its name correctly
.Seriously the hardest part on the Airbus training was to learn saying the same staff I knew, in the Airbus language.I thing its almost like learning a new language since created an acronym for everything on this airplane.
If I Compare 737 FMS to Airbus,I should say the pages are more relevant with its contents.On 737 you find the cruise information under CRZ page,or departure information on DEP/ARRIVAL page.Airbus has a little bit engineer way of thinking on that rather than pilot way of thinking I guess.Still I have to say its really "blow your mind"type machine once you adjust it well.I still need some time to get used to it,since I have less than 50 hrs on the type yet,as I get the chance on long routes I like digging deeper to it.
I found the FCU logic better than compared to 737 MCP
.You can directly intervane to flight plan on the 321,however on older 737s you have to enter the flt plan lateral and vertical or speed modifications only by FMC,on some newer ones we had an ALT INT
and SPD INT
buttons to change the FMC calculated speed and alt changes without touching FMC.On the airbus the FCU is better designed to intervane these modifications without spending much time heads down.And push the buttons "you do it" and pull the buttons "I'll do it" mentality is really a good and useful way to remembering it.
By talking about heads down I have to say on the airbus I found I spend less time swinging my head around the cockpit since all the information I need at a certain time comes infront of my eyes,rather than I have to look up on the overhead panel to check it on 737.As I said this is trully a "designed" airplane.
About the ECAM,although its fantastic to have it onboard,especially if you are an ex 737 pilot who had to memorise pages of emg memory items on the previous type.But still there are disappointing grey areas on the ECAM logic.Or may be I had too many dreams on my mind when I came to this airplane.But still couldn't understand why it doesnt state some very small details and you have to go back to the paper CL
after compleating the ECAM actions.And you find out one single line of action(in some checklists) is only found on the paper CL
,which makes one think "50 million Euros to this airplane and it has missing lines on the ECAM CL
's" Maybe Pihero can enlighten me about the logic behind this.(You see Pihero there is no free information on aviaiton world,you teach me something about the 320 and I 'll teach you how to find the best belly dancers in Ýstanbul
seriously if you drop me an e-mail I can give some advices about spending your layover in the most enjoyable way in Ýstanbul)
Its great to hear that enthusiast love my posts,keep wanting and I'll write as much as I know and learn.Best Regards.WING