Richard believes it unfortunate that some versions of the QF32 book (translated into other languages) do not contain the excellent 63 photos that are published in the English version of QF32.
Head Up Display
These beautiful sunsets were photographed en route from Sydney to Dubai in January 2014, taken just after passing the coast at Port Hedland on the Australian north west coast. Click to see them in higher resolution.
Many airlines are now using iPads and other “tablets” to display in-flight publications and charts and to calculate takeoff, landing and cruise performance.
The iPad solved a problem that the manufacturers and airlines could not solve:
- navigating through the international standards, national & state laws, companies’ bureaucracies and industry special interest groups to provide secure and affordable communications to aircraft at airport gates
- quickly, reliably and securely update critical navigation charts for all aircraft within their their chart validity periods
- ease in keeping data and applications current and synchronised
- flexible pilot (user) interface to suit pilots (location, text size, resizing, speed, updating, synchronising …
- keeping control of less critical and secure data under pilot control, away from complicated and expensive aircraft (engineer) maintenance protocols
- and almost all the way towards the ultimate …. paper-free environment!
The “Std” displayed in the top panel indicates that the altimetry systems are referenced to the ISA standard atmosphere.
Engine Fire push buttons
The red guard must be lifted before the ENGine FIRE pushbutton may be pushed and pops out. When activated, the ENG FIRE pb:
Stops the fire warning
Arms the (explosive) fire bottle (extinguisher) squibs
Is illuminated until the fire condition is no longer detected
The push button closes:
Low Pressure Fuel Cutoff Valve (engine pylon) (this function was inoperative for Engine 1 on my flight)
Hydraulic Fire Shutoff Valve
Engine Bleed Valve; and
Possibly closes the pneumatic Cross Bleed Valves; and
Depowers the engine’s FADEC power supply
Fuel Jettison Switches
Engine & Warning Display (EWD)
Landing Gear Gravity Extension (page 250)
I was shocked when I saw “RAT OUT” message – for all the reasons at page 252.
Was the “APU AVAIL”able? (page 269)
ABNORMAL ECAM PROCEDURES
An example of an ECAM checklist, in this case “Unreliable Airspeed Indication”. ECAM provides interactive, adaptive and prioritised checklists from a database of 1220 checklists, recalled automatically in response to alerts from the A380’s 250,000 sensors-parameters. As good as it is, ECAM is not always correct (page 191) so healthy scepticis
m and intelligent reasoning is always required.
The Landing Gear Gravity Extension switch (QF32 page 250)
Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC)
The MFD interfaces to the following systems:
- Flight Managemenet Systems,
- Auto Flight System,
- Controller Pilot Data Link Communications,
- SURVeillance ( Ground Proximity Warning System, Traffic Collision and Avoidance System), and the
- Flight Control Unit (backup)