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What is the reason for setting maximum climb thrust lower than maximum continuous thrust?

Maximum climb thrust being less than maximum continuous thrust for some airliners is due to several reasons: Runway Length and Weight Limitations: Aircraft need to accelerate to takeoff speed within a limited runway length. At or near maximum takeoff weight, this distance could be significant. In cases where the runway is short, the aircraft may…

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Role of Tropopause Entry in the A320 MCDU

As the temperature stops decreasing at the tropopause, aircraft performance sees a favorable turn. Staying below this threshold becomes advantageous, particularly for aircraft like the A320, tailored for short to medium flights. Entering the tropopause in the MCDU is essential for adjusting the Flight Management and Guidance Computer (FMGC) temperature model to accommodate non-standard temperatures.…

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Airbus A320 Pilots – Do you understand thrust levers well?

As an Airbus A320 pilot, it’s crucial to thoroughly understand the function of your thrust levers. They not only control engine thrust but also interact with your flight guidance mode. Additionally, Airbus thrust levers serve as mode selectors, highlighting the importance of comprehensive knowledge and proficiency in their operation. What else thrust levers do? Engaging…

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Wind Speed on ND – Airbus A320

In the Airbus A320 and most modern aircraft, wind speed and direction are typically calculated and displayed through the aircraft’s Air Data Inertial Reference Unit (ADIRU) or Air Data Inertial Reference System (ADRIS). Here’s a simplified explanation of how wind speed is calculated in the A320: The A320 is equipped with multiple sensors that measure…

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Approach Climb and Landing Climb Gradient

Aircraft certification bodies (EASA and FAA) have certain regulations related to aircraft performance requirement. Part 25 of regulations require that procedures must be established for the execution of go-arounds from landing configurations (balked landing) and from approach configurations (missed approaches). These procedures should analyze aircraft approach climb and landing climb capacities and restrict the operational…

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