28th Aug 2012, 09:02
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28th Aug 2012, 09:02
28th Aug 2012, 12:59
Did you figure out why?
28th Aug 2012, 13:49
FOB 3.1 vs Fuel predict at LTAN 3.6
28th Aug 2012, 15:01
I still don't know why...
It was really surprising for us , when we see it.
Besides EFOB kept increasing while we got close to the destination.
On final approach it was 3.9T, but we landed with 2.8T
But On the return flight everything was normal:sad:
I asked some of the captains in the fleet and one of them said he had expereinced it 2 years ago for once. So its like rare and a misterious situation
May be one of the guys in the forum happend to have this as well and have an explanation...
28th Aug 2012, 15:13
I'm not familiar with this FMS and aircraft, but in this picture FOB appears to be determined by fuelflow (/FF) only. Should it not normally be determined by both fuelflow and the measured fuel quantity (/FF+FQ)?
Still a funny indication.
28th Aug 2012, 15:15
The FOB indication is only being based on fuel flow (FF after the FOB) whereas it is normally a composite of fuel flow and fuel quantity sensor information (FF+FQ), looks like FQ was deselected for some reason. Does that have something to do with it?
28th Aug 2012, 15:53
[3R] FOBThis field displays the fuel on board, which is computed:
- With information from the fuel flow and fuel quantity sensor (FF + FQ), or
- From FF only (enter/FF to deselect FQ), or
- From FQ only (enter/FQ to deselect FF).
The pilot can modify this number.
So you can enter FF, and then a manual number which may not represent the actual fuel flow.
28th Aug 2012, 16:10
Wouldn't that mean that the pilot can modify the FOB?
That still doesn't explain why the aircraft thinks it will land with more fuel than it thinks it has on board...
28th Aug 2012, 16:27
What does the color blue mean on this FMS? Data entered by pilot? In that case, the FOB would indeed have been modified by the pilot here to a value below the actual FOB.
Next it's just a matter of taking a picture before the FMS has realized what has just happened, and has not yet recalculated the EFOB at destination...
Next CLR the FOB-line, all's back to normal and you have a nice picture for PPRUNE... correct?
28th Aug 2012, 16:41
Moodyblue you created a good conspiracy theory :)
But no, the pic is what we saw.
And Eventhough FOB is blue , you can not enter a made up FOB value.Its not alowed.
Probably its blue because you can deselect FF or FQ i dont know.
Like the FCOM says may be someone or something deselected FQ but it was not us for sure ,
Checkboard i wonder how you can put in a FF value? i havent done it or seen it before.
I'll try it in the next flight
28th Aug 2012, 17:18
Try it during your next sim-session... ;)
28th Aug 2012, 18:48
I'm not familiar with the Airbus FMS. I am familiar with the MD-11 FMS, and it is somewhat similar. It too has the /FF+FQ format, which can be replaced by /FF or /FQ.
The FMS Guide says: "The flight crew ... may reinitialize UFOB by entering a new value (thereby deselecting the fuel quantitiy sensor)" with UFOB being Usable Fuel On Board.
So on the MD-11 it is possible to enter a value in the UFOB-field, and the resulting display would be xx.x/FF, just as in your picture.
Maybe the same goes for the Airbus?
But then, if neither you nor the guy/girl next to you entered this into the FMS how did it get there? And even then the question remains, why does the aircraft think it will land with more fuel than it thinks it has on board?
I give up.
Another good case against pilotless aircraft I guess.
28th Aug 2012, 20:29
Sorry, but I dont see where you posted ac type, FMS manuf, and FMS version...
Can you provide?
28th Aug 2012, 21:34
Sorry you are right ,
The aircraft is Airbus 319 , Honeywell FMS , i dont know the version
28th Aug 2012, 22:17
Is this a Sim adventure?
28th Aug 2012, 23:35
İts an actual flight IST-KYA
28th Aug 2012, 23:42
I believe there is an oeb on this.
Adding a random waypont to the flightplan then delete it forces it to recalculate the fuel and should bring it right.
29th Aug 2012, 11:56
Does changing the oat at the destination and changing it back to force a decent profile recalc clear the oddity?
29th Aug 2012, 17:17
ElitPilot i remember that , Very very long time ago when we got no prediction about time or fuel at all, we had added a waypoint and deleted it, afterwards it worked.But i didnt remeber that during the flight.
May be you are right it might have worked if we had done that.
But i still wonder the reason , /FF still looks suspicios.
I looked up the FCOM but couldnt find any details about it.
id like to know what difference it makes if we deselect FF or FQ ,
i have less knowledge about that :oh: and would appreciate if anybody share his knowledge..
29th Aug 2012, 17:26
The FF indicates that the fuel flow has been entered manually, or by the system as an over-ride for faulty sensors.
This must have been well before the pic taken, thus suggesting a significant change in FF to deviate from the destiation fuel, predicted by the FP, vs the "computed fuel remaining.
29th Aug 2012, 18:03
FCOM DSC-22_20-50-10-29 any help?
30th Aug 2012, 02:08
Thanks a lot Moody , I'll fly the same aircraft tomorrow ill check again.
30th Aug 2012, 08:45
No Airbus-experience here, but this is how it works on the MD-11 and I'm guessing it should be much the same:
/FF+FQ means that the FMS bases its indication of FOB on two information sources: one is the measured fuel quantity (FQ), the other is the fuel flow (FF - the calculation starts off with the total fuel on board before engine start, and then substracts fuel based on actual, measured fuel flow).
/FQ means that the FOB-indication is based only on measured fuel quantity. This could happen if e.g. a fuel flow sensor is u/s, or during or after a fuel dump situation.
/FF means that the FOB-indication is based only on the fuel flow-calculation. This could happen, you guessed it, if e.g. a fuel quantity sensor is u/s.
The crew can enter /FF or /FQ to force either way of calculating FOB. Clearing the line will return the calculation to /FF+FQ.
If /FF is used, there is NO WAY for the crew to enter the fuel flow! The system uses actual, measured fuel flow. Think of it, it would be nonsensical to manually enter a fuel flow. (Don't confuse this with the fuel flow factor, which can be entered into the FMS elsewhere and which corrects predictions for high/low consumption of the particular aircraft).
So, this FMS ended up in /FF for some reason (and I'm thinking it gets reset to /FF+FQ at the beginning of each flight cycle, so it must have happened during this flight?) but the FMS should still be able to make accurate fuel calculations and predictions!
Crucial to me is: why does the FMS think that the aircraft will land with more fuel than it thinks it has on board now?
I can't think of anything else than a software bug, where the FMS stops updating its fuel predictions for some reason. As suggested by ElitePilot, modifying the route might force the FMS to re-calculate its predictions again.
27th Sep 2012, 22:44
Ops identified the same problem down here.
Here is the thing: on some FMS, if you edited somehow the route to the alternate, you would have no alternate predictions at all. It was a software bug which was fixed later.
It was called something like "Erroneous Alternate Fuel Predictions Upon Modification of a Company Route"
Whenever we found the same situation, we would erase the alternate, add it again, and did touch the route to it (i.e. adding a star to the route).
Hope that helps!
29th Sep 2012, 15:09
Konde thank you ,
I know the OEB , but we didnt use a company route and besides here, there is a prediction .On the mentioned bug, there is no prediction.
But you never know its an Airbus may be it might have worked:)
By the way , i tried to modify the FOB.And it worked . So i confirm , Its blue and modifiable.
When you change it , it turns to /FF from /FF+FQ.
E.g. : Before 3.1/FF+FQ you enter "7.9 " it turns 7.9/FF
Meaning , the fms starts believing what you tell , and disregards the FQ.
Basically when you put in an FOB , the FMS then calculates the new Dest and Alternate EFOB accroding to it.
Everything make sense and logical at this point.
The problem here is, after the calculation EFOB is greater then the FOB.:ugh:
29th Sep 2012, 16:37
Brings to mind an old saw that dates to the 1960's.
"To err is human. To really screw up, you need a computer."
29th Sep 2012, 17:30
I admit never used or have in depth knowledge about FMS but could a glitch have given a negative fuel flow number? and subsequent subtraction resulted in an addition?
4th Oct 2012, 09:35
What does the FIM say..........
8th Mar 2013, 07:05
There is a supplementary procedure FMS specificities named "ERRONEOUS ESTIMATED FUEL ON BOARD (EFOB) WHEN THE FUEL FLOW ONLY (FF) IS USED"
According to which :
FOB is the computed value of the Fuel On Board. It is based on BLOCK entered by the flight crew on the MCDU and : ‐ Data received from Fuel Flow (FF) and Fuel Quantity (FQ) sensors (from Fuel Quantity Indicator System, FQIS), or ‐ Data received from Fuel Flow only (FF), or ‐ Fuel Quantity (FQ) only With the FMS REV 2+ and previous Thales' standards, an anomaly has been reported on EFOB computation in case of FQIS failure, or when the flight crew selects the FF only. In cruise, when the FF only is used by the FMS and is below 2.7 t/h, the FOB becomes frozen for predictions. Therefore, the EFOB constantly increases at all downpath waypoints and the FOB value at the FROM waypoint displayed on the F-PLN B page is frozen. The FMS uses the FOB to compute the Estimated Fuel On Board (EFOB), at each waypoint and at destination. The EFOB is displayed on the MCDU on the page F-PLN A and FUEL PRED. However, the FOB displayed on FUEL PRED page is correctly updated (based on FF only). A manual re-entry of the FOB through the MCDU enables to successfully update the FOB used for predictions, including the EFOB.
So yes it's a known issue ;)
8th Mar 2013, 07:43
Can you find out whats wrong:)
Actually, I wouldn't be interested in what's "wrong" with the FMS.
The FMS system is for predictive estimates, not for official numbers.
The question is rather, what does your OFP - Official Flight Plan state as the FOB over destination? That's the number that governs the operational viability and even the legality of the flight.
The FMS is a planning tool that may not guarantee 100% accuracy but the OFP is expected to be accurate, especially where it concerns fuel on board over destination .
If the discrepancy is large, by all means have a look to see what the problem is and resolve it to the satisfaction of all on the flight deck. For me, 500kg isn't a large discrepancy to see, even in an A319 FMS especially when we don't know the source of the difference and therefore can't know which one is correct.
8th Mar 2013, 22:40
PJ2 right on as is pilot737
9th Mar 2013, 08:24
It's almost certainy because of one of the 2 FMS 'specifities' - the one pilot 737 mentioned or 'ERRONEOUS FUEL PREDICTION IN THE CASE OF DESCENT WITH TWO ALTITUDE CONSTRAINTS'.
These are found in FCOM PRO SUP AP section.
25th Mar 2013, 19:52
ah, could it be . .
by the way what was your timer to the alternate, what would your FOB been at landing alternate . . .? hmmm? Also, if you are out with your ZFW weights then that will mess things up a bit too, although its usually in the range of about 7 tonnes deficit - just as well, hey?