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by Martinlest
Sat Dec 03, 2022 11:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Yaw Damper: On or Off?
Replies: 6
Views: 330

Re: Yaw Damper: On or Off?

Thank you. In smaller airplanes, the yaw damper is off for taxi, takeoff and landing. Even in many business jets, you depart without it on, but put it on at V2 or whatever So as a rule of thumb (even if it is a generalisation), Boeings, Airbuses, Embraer jets and the like will have the YD on from (s...

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by Martinlest
Sat Dec 03, 2022 5:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Yaw Damper: On or Off?
Replies: 6
Views: 330

Yaw Damper: On or Off?

Hi - another little question which Mr. Google hasn't really managed to answer properly for me! Can anyone here kindly help? What I understand in regard to the Yaw Damper is this: 1. In some aircraft, the pilots switch on the YD before takeoff and turn it off after landing. I have read that some mode...

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by Martinlest
Sat Dec 03, 2022 4:51 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus descent procedure?
Replies: 24
Views: 2254

Re: Airbus descent procedure?

Thank you for continuing to post comments. Yes, I do use OP DES and V/S modes on descent, in addition to DES.. I probably do what you do (I like to think!) and switch modes when one isn't really doing what I need at any given moment. If I use V/S mode, I try to match my altitude and speeds to what t...

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by Martinlest
Wed Nov 23, 2022 4:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus descent procedure?
Replies: 24
Views: 2254

Re: Airbus descent procedure?

Why does your speed start climbing in OP DES? The elevator should be adjusting to maintain the target speed. No, I think that is my error. I must have meant DES, not OP DES. Sorry. If (probably due to ATC instructions) I am a bit 'behind' in my descent, the a/c will try to catch up in DES mode, and...

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by Martinlest
Tue Nov 22, 2022 2:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus descent procedure?
Replies: 24
Views: 2254

Re: Airbus descent procedure?

You'd pull for OPEN DES if you're in a hurry. Yes, that makes sense of course. I get worried though when, having gone over to OP DES from DES, the XP a/c can get to -5000ft/min, or even more. Then the speed starts climbing of course - adding drag is no help then. How does that compare to real-world...

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by Martinlest
Mon Nov 21, 2022 9:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus descent procedure?
Replies: 24
Views: 2254

Re: Airbus descent procedure?

That's great, many thanks. It is good to see that I already do many of the things you recommend - I often add an 'extra', dummy waypoint or two into my plans, partly for the reasons you say, and partly because my ATC programme uses waypoints to instruct me to descend. If there is a long gap between ...

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by Martinlest
Mon Nov 21, 2022 12:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus descent procedure?
Replies: 24
Views: 2254

Re: Airbus descent procedure?

"You don't need to go from DES to OP DES to slow down". Yes, sorry, my mistake, not sure why I put that. I don't: I usually stay in DES and select the speed! "So we tend to try to use DES if we can, and not just leave it in OP DES or V/S. Distractions are a thing." Same in X-Plan...

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by Martinlest
Sun Nov 20, 2022 5:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus descent procedure?
Replies: 24
Views: 2254

Re: Airbus descent procedure?

Thank you very much for taking the time to write detailed replies. I need to read them again when I am 'in' the a321 (the most sophisticated, sim-wise, of the Airbuses I fly - a319/a320/a321/a330 & a350!). I think, as I say, by using DES, OP DES, or V/S as I feel the situation warrants, I manage...

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by Martinlest
Sat Nov 19, 2022 8:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus descent procedure?
Replies: 24
Views: 2254

Re: Airbus descent procedure?

Thank you for the replies! I guess, from what I have read, that I am doing things pretty much OK. Just had a great flight KJFK to CYHZ (Halifax) in a Toliss a321 (an amazing training-level reproduction of the aircraft, certified by Airbus I believe). My ATC programme usually calls for me to reduce s...

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by Martinlest
Sat Nov 19, 2022 4:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus descent procedure?
Replies: 24
Views: 2254

Airbus descent procedure?

Can any RW pilots perhaps help me (a 'seasoned' Microsoft/X-Plane pilot with over 10,000 hours in the a319/320/321! :lol: ) with this? I'm wondering about what really happens on descent through FL100 (and reduction to <250kts).. do pilots use DES mode, and if so, does the speed in the FMC show a dec...

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by Martinlest
Sat May 28, 2022 7:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pokhara VNPK procedures?
Replies: 11
Views: 1697

Re: Pokhara VNPK procedures?

"..from the sounds of it I assume you're flying it in a flight simulator. It's probably a very pretty flight."

Yes, it is beautiful - full Ortho4XP terrain, zl17. I worked in that region (Eastern Nepal) for several months, so it's quite nostalgic, too!

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by Martinlest
Thu May 26, 2022 4:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pokhara VNPK procedures?
Replies: 11
Views: 1697

Re: Pokhara VNPK procedures?

Thanks for the links and comments. I haven't actually flown into a hillside on my practice takeoffs - it is quite 'do-able' (though a lot harder to avoid hazardous terrain, I found, than any other VFR route in Nepal I have set up in the past: I sometimes clear terrain by less than 100' or so, which ...

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by Martinlest
Thu May 26, 2022 2:14 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pokhara VNPK procedures?
Replies: 11
Views: 1697

Re: Pokhara VNPK procedures?

Hi.. Yes, that's right, as I say in my post. But there must be a standard 'procedure' (with a small 'p', as it were) that airlines use when they leave VNPK - in other words, the 'usual' headings flown to get over the peaks. If you just follow your eye, you get into trouble with ridges around the cor...

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by Martinlest
Wed May 25, 2022 4:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pokhara VNPK procedures?
Replies: 11
Views: 1697

Pokhara VNPK procedures?

A bit of a shot in the dark, but wondering if anyone can link me to information showing departure procedures for VNPK (current airport, not the new one coming online soon), 04/22. Taking off (this is an X-Plane question, I should add!) in a single/turbo prop (so with relatively limited climb power) ...

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by Martinlest
Tue Dec 14, 2021 5:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: "THR CLB" v. "THR LVR"?
Replies: 16
Views: 3619

Re: "THR CLB" v. "THR LVR"?

Make sure you say the Flex number too. ;)
"MAN FLEX fifty-seven, SRS, (runway,) autothrust blue".
Once in the climb phase, "Thrust climb, climb, autothrust."


Yes, I don't actually talk to myself like that in X-Plane, but point noted! :)

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by Martinlest
Sun Dec 05, 2021 10:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: "THR CLB" v. "THR LVR"?
Replies: 16
Views: 3619

Re: "THR CLB" v. "THR LVR"?

"The flashing indication is "LVR CLB", (not CLB LVR)"

Indeed! :-) As I say, my question stemmed from imagining LVR CLB to be a detent rather than an instruction. All good! Thanks.

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by Martinlest
Sat Dec 04, 2021 4:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: "THR CLB" v. "THR LVR"?
Replies: 16
Views: 3619

Re: "THR CLB" v. "THR LVR"?

OK, thanks. So CLB LVR is not a 'thrust mode' then, as is CLB THR (if I have understood you correctly), it's just an indication to move the levers down from FLEX or TOGA. My procedure has always been OK, but I was assuming CLB LVR to be a detent (though that didn't make much sense to me - hence the ...

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by Martinlest
Fri Dec 03, 2021 4:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: "THR CLB" v. "THR LVR"?
Replies: 16
Views: 3619

"THR CLB" v. "THR LVR"?

Could someone kindly explain the difference between these (particularly in respect of how an Airbus performs differently in either one, rather than what they 'mean', in theory. THR LVR is clearly a 'lower' detent). Googling hasn't really helped me with this... Also, after taking off in FLEX mode, sh...

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by Martinlest
Mon Aug 02, 2021 11:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Any real-world ERJ pilots able to help?
Replies: 12
Views: 2176

Re: Any real-world ERJ pilots able to help?

Thank you. That's helpful.

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by Martinlest
Mon Aug 02, 2021 4:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Any real-world ERJ pilots able to help?
Replies: 12
Views: 2176

Any real-world ERJ pilots able to help?

Would appreciate an answer to this question: at what altitude during a climb (or descent) does an ERJ (say 145) automatically switch from IAS to MACH mode (or vice versa) - and what is the default Mach value when that happens?

Thanks!

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by Martinlest
Sun Mar 14, 2021 5:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question re. B737 & TOGA
Replies: 13
Views: 3438

Re: Question re. B737 & TOGA

Starlionblue - thanks, but you are talking about an Airbus of course: I was really asking about Boeings (no FLEX option there!). I think I was aware of the various options, but wondered if using TOGA had become pretty much standard. I note that "On the 737NG I fly it's 100% always TOGA", e...

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by Martinlest
Sun Mar 14, 2021 1:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question re. B737 & TOGA
Replies: 13
Views: 3438

Question re. B737 & TOGA

Just wanted to ask (particularly of any real-world pilots who may read this), in the B737 (-700/800/900-NG) how standard a procedure is it to engage TOGA during the takeoff roll? Do many airlines/pilots set N1 with the throttles - i.e. 40% to stable, then c.90%) or is TOGA now the pretty much usual ...

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by Martinlest
Sun Nov 29, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Yak-40
Replies: 5
Views: 1540

Re: Yak-40

Yes, that sounds fair, in theory at least: in practice, I am not sure how to implement any of that in the X-Plane a/c (I am trying to use the Garmin 430), but that wasn't the point of my post of course! Thanks again for the input.

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by Martinlest
Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Yak-40
Replies: 5
Views: 1540

Re: Yak-40

I found some more information. I suspect this is a Google translation from the Russian.. not 100% sure what a 'plank' is (mode?). Will have to look at this a bit more closely to see how/if it is implemented: Switcher Route (up) / Landing (down). In route mode system works only with VOR and VOR/DME n...

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by Martinlest
Sun Nov 29, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Yak-40
Replies: 5
Views: 1540

Re: Yak-40

Thanks, that is very possible now I come to think of it. Impossible that it can be any kind of 'APPR' mode in this a/c.

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by Martinlest
Sun Nov 29, 2020 12:29 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Yak-40
Replies: 5
Views: 1540

Yak-40

A bit of a long shot, but I wonder if anyone knows about this a/c. Obviously (?) I am not flying the real thing (just as well perhaps) but there is a highly detailed rendition in X-Plane which seems to reproduce just about everything that the actual aircraft would present to the pilots. I am new to ...

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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: 6737

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: 3298

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: 3298

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: 3298

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: 3298

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: 3298

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: 3201

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: 3201

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: 6737

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: 6737

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: 6737

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: 6737

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: 6737

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: 6737

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: 2288

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: 2288

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: 2288

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: 2288

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: 2288

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: 3864

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: 3864

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: 3040

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: 3040

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: 1801

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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