This quote made me curious:
It's only by means of a trick that the captain can reach Paris with more than the legal minimum reserves of kerosene that must be in the plane's tanks upon arrival in the French capital. A loophole allows him to enter Bordeaux -- which lies several hundred kilometers closer than Paris -- as the fictitious destination for his fuel calculations.
To be honest, I've never head of this practice. Is it a common one? Can anybode be more precise what is meant by 'loophole' here? Basically knowing how a FMGS works through flightsim, I wondered how the pilot would enter this into the MCDU. My assumption: Origin would be SBGL (GIG), destination LFBD (BOD), and alternate destination LFPG (CDG). I am almost certain the remaining fuel for both DEST and ALTN DEST is displayed on the Airbus -- so enroute, getting closer to the actual destination (Paris-CDG), the pilots will see if they have enough fuel to continue there or if they have to go for an unplanned stop at Bordeaux (or Lisbon). This is only my theory, I'd appreciate any insight how it works in reality. Thanks!
[Edited 2010-02-25 09:53:54]