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by Martinlest
Tue Aug 11, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Any real-world a320 pilots here, please (climb out advice)?
Replies: 16
Views: 4546

Re: Any real-world a320 pilots here, please (climb out advice)?

Right.. thanks again - a bit belatedly - for the replies. Will post back a screenshot when I can, but meanwhile, my changed TO procedures (as above) have reduced this issue.

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by Martinlest
Tue Jul 21, 2020 7:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Questions re. VNAV to 737 pilot please :-)
Replies: 17
Views: 1641

Re: Questions re. VNAV to 737 pilot please :-)

Thanks again for the continuing comments. The 'Zibo' 738 is an ongoing project (updated every couple of weeks!).. it is quite something on the whole, and it is freeware! Some of the payware I have installed into X-Plane is equally amazing - the Toliss a319 or the FF767 for instance. I think such air...

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by Martinlest
Sun Jul 19, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Questions re. VNAV to 737 pilot please :-)
Replies: 17
Views: 1641

Re: Questions re. VNAV to 737 pilot please :-)

In the scenario you described above, level at 7000', and cleared to a higher altitude, we would set and confirm the new altitude in the MCP altitude window, and press the ALT INV button once. In X-Plane, I use ALT INTV (and later the SPD INTV) in descent and it works just fine: doing that to climb ...

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by Martinlest
Sat Jul 18, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Questions re. VNAV to 737 pilot please :-)
Replies: 17
Views: 1641

Re: Questions re. VNAV to 737 pilot please :-)

Also, we never "ascend".

I know - but I teach English: one should always avoid using the same word twice in close proximity: sounds ugly. Hence 'climb', and 'ascend'... :-)

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by Martinlest
Sat Jul 18, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Questions re. VNAV to 737 pilot please :-)
Replies: 17
Views: 1641

Re: Questions re. VNAV to 737 pilot please :-)

Thanks for the comments. So if you are cleared to, say, 7000' after takeoff and end up levelling off at that altitude before ATC clears you to ascend, which of the various options for the further climb do you most often employ?

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by Martinlest
Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:45 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Questions re. VNAV to 737 pilot please :-)
Replies: 17
Views: 1641

Questions re. VNAV to 737 pilot please :-)

Hi. If you fly the 737-800 (in particular) real world, I'd be grateful for some information to help me in my X-Plane flights! The 'Zibo' model there is supposed to be pretty accurate in the way it behaves, so... Situation: having levelled off at say, 7000' and you're flying at 250kts, you are given ...

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by Martinlest
Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: PTU in Airbus?
Replies: 11
Views: 1569

Re: PTU in Airbus?

Thanks. Well, it is audible on the a319, but don't recall a flight on the a321 to be able to say... surely must be there too, the three a/c being so similar? Other than a319/320.321, doubtless absent (why is that though? what is the difference in the PTU system to account for that?). By the way: the...

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by Martinlest
Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: PTU in Airbus?
Replies: 11
Views: 1569

PTU in Airbus?

I must have flown hundreds of times in an a319/320/321 in my life (used to fly up to 40 times a year for work) and always enjoyed (is that the word?) the famous barking sound as the PTU engaged and the second engine started up. I wanted to ask though whether a similar sound is heard in other Airbus ...

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by Martinlest
Thu May 07, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Any real-world a320 pilots here, please (climb out advice)?
Replies: 16
Views: 4546

Re: Any real-world a320 pilots here, please (climb out advice)?

Well that time it went to V/S... maybe a one-off.. can only conclude there's an error in the programming if it continues to do the same of course.

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by Martinlest
Thu May 07, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Any real-world a320 pilots here, please (climb out advice)?
Replies: 16
Views: 4546

Re: Any real-world a320 pilots here, please (climb out advice)?

After a quick test, this seems much better. I do not engage the A/P now until after I move to THR CLB. Seems stable. I just have to remember to set managed mode before the dialed-in altitude is reached, or the AP switches to V/S and keeps climbing...

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by Martinlest
Thu May 07, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Any real-world a320 pilots here, please (climb out advice)?
Replies: 16
Views: 4546

Re: Any real-world a320 pilots here, please (climb out advice)?

Right, thanks. I kind of asked the question wrongly, I meant when do you push the ALT knob to engage managed mode (rather than CLB mode). You answered that really anyway. I think that that tallies with what happens.. (I get SPEED indicated on the PFD until I go to managed mode). As I say, I need to ...

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by Martinlest
Thu May 07, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Any real-world a320 pilots here, please (climb out advice)?
Replies: 16
Views: 4546

Re: Any real-world a320 pilots here, please (climb out advice)?

One other thing... at what stage do you pilots push the ALT knob in order to engage CLB mode?

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by Martinlest
Thu May 07, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Any real-world a320 pilots here, please (climb out advice)?
Replies: 16
Views: 4546

Re: Any real-world a320 pilots here, please (climb out advice)?

Thank you very much for the replies - very useful. Sorry for my (Boeing-oriented?) terminology, BTW!! I need to look at the replies further when I am flying the X-Plane a320. As you may be aware, the level of system realism/interaction in some of the X-Plane payware aircraft is phenomenal (or so it ...

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by Martinlest
Wed May 06, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Any real-world a320 pilots here, please (climb out advice)?
Replies: 16
Views: 4546

Any real-world a320 pilots here, please (climb out advice)?

If so, I guess, very sadly, you currently have a lot more free time to browse forums like this one. Hope any commercial pilots coming here will all be back in their cockpits when the current crisis eases. Anyway, I fly the a320 in X-Plane only, but we like to have it as realistic as possible! May I ...

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by Martinlest
Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Twin Otter - prop lever usage?
Replies: 19
Views: 1553

Re: Twin Otter - prop lever usage?

Thanks, but it's probably a bit more detailed than I need right now :-)

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by Martinlest
Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Twin Otter - prop lever usage?
Replies: 19
Views: 1553

Re: Twin Otter - prop lever usage?

https://drive.google.com/open?id=14JXRT ... qPmVp2KGY8
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Thank you for the helpful comments.

I found this, though much is a bit technical for my purposes:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=14JXRT ... qPmVp2KGY8

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by Martinlest
Fri Feb 21, 2020 12:18 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Twin Otter - prop lever usage?
Replies: 19
Views: 1553

Re: Twin Otter - prop lever usage?

Right, thank you. Only thing is, there's a mixture of terms being used: 'high'/forward'/'back'/'coarse'/'low'/'fine', but I think I see your meaning! Throttles and props in turbines is not like in pistons. Props set high rpm for flight, low for ground, line up go to high rpm, clear the runway, go lo...

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by Martinlest
Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Twin Otter - prop lever usage?
Replies: 19
Views: 1553

Re: Twin Otter - prop lever usage?

Search is your friend... Rarely my friend - I spent half the evening looking around (the internet generally) with not quite the results I was looking for. That thread did not come up within that time... Thank you, I'll read it carefully, though at first glance most of it seems to describe the theor...

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by Martinlest
Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Twin Otter - prop lever usage?
Replies: 19
Views: 1553

Twin Otter - prop lever usage?

Would anyone be able to explain to me, please, the 'normal' usage of the prop levers during a 'normal' flight... that is, how they are usually positioned by pilots, (course/fine), at engine start, taxi, takeoff, climb, cruise, descent and so forth...? I have watched a few videos explaining the techn...

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by Martinlest
Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Concorde & engine startup?
Replies: 13
Views: 2526

Re: Concorde & engine startup?

"the logistics and safety precautions of moving a GPU and two Airstarts out onto the taxiway is something I would not like to see." No, I didn't really think this was an option! :-) So you would start all four engines before pushback? I imagined the most likely scenario would be pushback w...

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by Martinlest
Mon Dec 02, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Concorde & engine startup?
Replies: 13
Views: 2526

Concorde & engine startup?

I think I once knew this, but am now confused (trying out the amazing new Concorde in X-Plane!). So maybe someone can help. Can Concorde start its engines without a GPU (there being no APU)? Assuming not (if so, how?), do - or, I should say, did :( - the pilots therefore have to start up one (or was...

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by Martinlest
Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When is the A/P disengaged on landing?
Replies: 24
Views: 2228

Re: When is the A/P disengaged on landing?

Thank you very much. I have certainly seen some nonsense (on some other forums) on this subject, as I suspected. :-)

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by Martinlest
Wed Nov 27, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When is the A/P disengaged on landing?
Replies: 24
Views: 2228

When is the A/P disengaged on landing?

OK, assuming we are not switching of the autopilot 'early' to hand fly to the runway, at what point would a pilot disengage the A/P for a full autoland? Perhaps there are options, but according to videos I have seen the A/P is often switched off a short time after the nosegear is on the ground.Seem ...

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by Martinlest
Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question re. Antonov An-148
Replies: 4
Views: 1551

Re: Question re. Antonov An-148

I did try that - there doesn't seem to be a 'push' function though, in the JD aircraft at least. Thanks.

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by Martinlest
Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question re. Antonov An-148
Replies: 4
Views: 1551

Re: Question re. Antonov An-148

There is a switch NAV1/NAV2/GPS, which suggests that there must be a way to set LNAV and switch it to ILS at arrival, but there is no NAV button per se, at least in the JarDesign incarnation of the aircraft - which does seem to be the same as the few pictures of the cockpit I have found, though as w...

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by Martinlest
Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question re. Antonov An-148
Replies: 4
Views: 1551

Question re. Antonov An-148

Anyone know how this a/c engages its lateral mode (LNAV)? I haven't been able to find a close-up photo quite detailed enough to confirm, but although there is a VNAV button on the MCP, I am pretty sure, I don't see one for LNAV. Similarly, one incarnation of this aircraft for X-Plane has no LNAV fun...

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by Martinlest
Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Remember Dave Allen?
Replies: 13
Views: 4182

Re: Remember Dave Allen?

Grew up watching Dave Allen, greatly missed.


As did I - a great comedian and story-teller.

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by Martinlest
Sun Jul 21, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Remember Dave Allen?
Replies: 13
Views: 4182

Remember Dave Allen?

Not sure which forum this might go into, but I'll post the link here: it might amuse some of you!

:lol:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBca1ixoEbg

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by Martinlest
Tue May 21, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why are the APU GEN & APU BLEED usually left on?
Replies: 11
Views: 3186

Re: Why are the APU GEN & APU BLEED usually left on?

Re. the 737 that's what I had expected (from what I have seen): thanks for the confirmation.

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by Martinlest
Tue May 21, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why are the APU GEN & APU BLEED usually left on?
Replies: 11
Views: 3186

Re: Why are the APU GEN & APU BLEED usually left on?

Thanks a lot for the replies. Flying 'training level' aircraft in X-Plane 11 (in particular the ToLiss a319 and the FF B767) I am trying to get this as near to the 'real thing' as I can! I have long appreciated the different ways that Airbuses and Boeings deal with these things - the Boeings, in gen...

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by Martinlest
Mon May 20, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why are the APU GEN & APU BLEED usually left on?
Replies: 11
Views: 3186

Why are the APU GEN & APU BLEED usually left on?

The title says it all, more or less! Why do these switches tend to be left on for the whole flight (certainly in all the real-world cockpit videos I have seen), even though the APU itself has been turned off after engine startup? Is there a difference between Airbus and Boeing general practice in th...

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by Martinlest
Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: No 07L/25R EDDF Procedures?
Replies: 4
Views: 1310

Re: No 07L/25R EDDF Procedures?

Hi.. thanks. Yes, you're right about the SIDs of course, I had forgotten that it's a landing only runway!

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by Martinlest
Sat Apr 20, 2019 1:16 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: No 07L/25R EDDF Procedures?
Replies: 4
Views: 1310

No 07L/25R EDDF Procedures?

Just wondering if anyone knows why runway 07L/25R at Frankfurt has none at all (SIDs/STARs, that is), whilst the others, 07C/25C & 07R/25L have many. :)

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by Martinlest
Thu Mar 28, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flight numbers?
Replies: 2
Views: 747

Re: Flight numbers?

Hi .. I had always taken it that it is the IATA code that would be used in the FMC (just to stick with that example of the usage I am talking about - not ticketing, callsigns and so on), but maybe not then. So for flight BA238, BAW29G, not BAW238 would be the flight number entered into the FMC. I su...

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by Martinlest
Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flight numbers?
Replies: 2
Views: 747

Flight numbers?

I realised just now that something I had taken for granted I was familiar with is, now I think about it, not as clear in my head as I thought, so may I ask.... What prefix does ATC (and the pilots) use to identify their flight number. I am not talking about their callsign... For instance, British Ai...

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by Martinlest
Wed Feb 27, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tsaradia DHC-6?
Replies: 0
Views: 681

Tsaradia DHC-6?

Is anyone more able than I have been to trace information about Tsaradia's Twin Otters? Are they in their own livery, or Air Madagascar's? (The ATR's have their own livery, with the lemur - very nice). Any real-world photos? Looking for reg numbers too - I think they use Air Madagascar's a/c? Thanks...

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by Martinlest
Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: B737 - normal use of DC power knob?
Replies: 8
Views: 1202

Re: B737 - normal use of DC power knob?

OK... I'll watch that video more fully when I have a moment (half an hour or whatever it is)... Maybe the other questions I had will be answered there. Thanks.

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by Martinlest
Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: B737 - normal use of DC power knob?
Replies: 8
Views: 1202

Re: B737 - normal use of DC power knob?

Moving the knob to different positions does not alter anything on the airplane itself, the selector just picks up the DC voltage from the selected bus and indicates the voltage on the display above the knob. That rings a very loud bell in my head (and I feel a bit daft for having asked the question...

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by Martinlest
Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: B737 - normal use of DC power knob?
Replies: 8
Views: 1202

Re: B737 - normal use of DC power knob?

... I didn't phrase some of the last part quite correctly. Given that Standby DC power comes via either the GPU or the APU, under what circumstances would the selector be moved to other positions (like BAT)?

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by Martinlest
Sun Sep 09, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: B737 - normal use of DC power knob?
Replies: 8
Views: 1202

B737 - normal use of DC power knob?

I am looking at the 737-400, but I guess that 737NG are the same in this respect (?) I'd firstly like to ask what the functions of the various positions of the DC knob on the O/H panel actually are (STBY PWR; BAT BUS; BAT; TR1; TR2; TR3 & TEST). When would each of those positions be selected by ...

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by Martinlest
Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Max speed while banking?
Replies: 14
Views: 1851

Re: Max speed while banking?

OK, that's clear. The SID I enter into the FMS doesn't have this elevation restriction, so the a/c accelerates after FL100 of course (the a319 climbs quite powerfully when I engage CLB and has reached that altitude before D313H).. I need to enter this manually I think (and yes, probably a speed rest...

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by Martinlest
Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Max speed while banking?
Replies: 14
Views: 1851

Re: Max speed while banking?

One example - the SID SSN2C out of LEBB - the a/c I am flying (an a319 here) has no chance of making the tight 180-degree turn at D313H (it's at 300kts by then). Basically, you folks are saying that, if there are no speed restrictions indicated, then the much wider turn is fine? (In this case it's o...

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by Martinlest
Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Max speed while banking?
Replies: 14
Views: 1851

Re: Max speed while banking?

Haha! Turn, yes, not bank of course. Brain on autopilot again... I was supposedly asking about doing turns at high speed. I suppose if the bank angle is always small, there's no issue. But in the real world, when pilots know that there is a big turn in a SID, especially if the aircraft would be norm...

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by Martinlest
Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Max speed while banking?
Replies: 14
Views: 1851

Max speed while banking?

I often find that I arrive at a sharp turn in my flight plan (or more usually SID with a long first 'leg') when the aircraft (I mean a320/b777 or the like, not c172) has climbed beyond 10000' and, being in CLB/VNAV mode, has already accelerated to 340kts or whatever. (Talking X-Plane here BTW, not p...

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by Martinlest
Sun Aug 26, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Use of GPU to start engines?
Replies: 8
Views: 3505

Re: Use of GPU to start engines?

Great replies, as so often on these forums. Many thanks for your time and effort... Aircraft is powered by external electrical power ("ground power"). 1. Switch on batteries. Aircraft is now electrically powered from external power. 2. Start APU by using external electrical power. Aircraft...

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by Martinlest
Sat Aug 25, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Use of GPU to start engines?
Replies: 8
Views: 3505

Re: Use of GPU to start engines?

Thank you for the replies! Yes, for me 'APU' refers to an onboard power unit, and I am familiar with it and its usage. The ground equipment I have always rather taken for granted (in FS9, FSX and now X-Plane) and wanted to understand the various options better. I'll carefully read through what you h...

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by Martinlest
Sat Aug 25, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Use of GPU to start engines?
Replies: 8
Views: 3505

Re: Use of GPU to start engines?

Thanks... unfortunately, the term 'APU' is confusing me, because here it is referring both to the onboard APU and, apparently, one on the ground. Assuming that for whatever reason the aircarft's own APU is not used immediately and initial setup is done using ground power... I wonder if you could exp...

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by Martinlest
Sat Aug 25, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Use of GPU to start engines?
Replies: 8
Views: 3505

Use of GPU to start engines?

Could someone kindly explain which ground support equipment is most usually used on jet aircraft? Is the GPU used alone, or in conjunction with a High Pressure Unit.. or can the HPU be used alone?? Is the GPU a gas turbine unit, or a diesel compressor? Googling hasn't really helped, so hope someone ...

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by Martinlest
Fri Aug 24, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Descent planning (using FMC). How's it done?
Replies: 29
Views: 7371

Re: Descent planning (using FMC). How's it done?

http://www.flaps2approach.com/journal/2 ... ained.html

The problem arises from the fact that my ATC do not always give me descent instructions which tally with the VNAV descent profile....
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FYI

http://www.flaps2approach.com/journal/2 ... ained.html

The problem arises from the fact that my ATC do not always give me descent instructions which tally with the VNAV descent profile....

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by Martinlest
Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Descent planning (using FMC). How's it done?
Replies: 29
Views: 7371

Re: Descent planning (using FMC). How's it done?

Yes, the target altitudes are all there, and as I say, work just fine if DES NOW can be used. You try clicking on the altitude knob to trigger altitude intervene? I now see that I have been half blind however! There's a separate ALT INTV button on the 737 (rather than pressing the ALT knob itself) ....

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