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NOTEPAD button on A350 KCU + some other A350 cockpit questions

Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:03 am

Some questions about the A350 cockpit functionality:

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- What is the function of the NOTEPAD PB on the KCU on the A350? What page in the FMGS does it bring up? Any pictures?
- Does anyone have a picture of the A350 BTV selection of the runway condition which appears on the SD when pushing the round BTV button?
- What is the function of the REMOTE C/B CTL PB on the maintenance panel of the A380 and A350?

Thank you!
 
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Re: NOTEPAD button on A350 KCU + some other A350 cockpit questions

Sat Jan 11, 2020 12:58 am

Good morning. You're missing a "C". ;) It's actually the KCCU, Keyboard and Cursor Control Unit. Airbus does love acronyms...

- The NOTE PAD (yes, that's how it is written in the FCOM) pushbutton brings up a free text area at the bottom of the MFD. It appears on whichever page is currently selected. You can use it for a variety of things, for example noting down a clearance, or some reminder. You can store multiple notes and select with a drop-down menu (though it does extend upwards so is it then a "jump-up menu"?). I haven't seen it used much. Most guys prefer paper for taking fast notes. But some guys use it. Related is that on the A330, some guys use the scratchpad on the MCDU for the same purpose.

- The runway condition selection menu comes up by pulling, not pushing. The only pic I can find in the public domain is on page 18 of this presentation. https://www.icao.int/SAM/Documents/2019-GRF/19SAMGRF%20S1.4%20Alberto%20FAA%20(Background).pdf

- The REMOTE C/B CTL pushbutton disconnects most of the electrical network, leaving only some functions for maintenance purposes, powered by the DC EMER buses. Say you're an engineer and want to check some stuff while the aircraft is on a remote stand and without external power, and you don't want to drain the EMER batteries by having them power the whole network for an extended time. Then you'd set this to "ON" first. The FCOM does not specify which stuff is still powered. Apparently pilots do not need to know. :)

If you want to display a screenshot, you could upload it to an image service like Imgur and link to that.
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Re: NOTEPAD button on A350 KCU + some other A350 cockpit questions

Sun Jan 12, 2020 6:31 pm

Who builds the 350 avionics suite?
 
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Re: NOTEPAD button on A350 KCU + some other A350 cockpit questions

Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:18 am

BravoOne wrote:
Who builds the 350 avionics suite?


Thales, at least according to Google.

https://www.thalesgroup.com/en/worldwid ... d-a350-xwb
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