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Old 3rd Aug 2008, 20:26   #1 (permalink)
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A320 memory items

I fly the 320 for a major airline in the US. We use our own SOPs , and we have just one memory item ( O2 masks 100%).
I understand that Airbus SOPs have about 7 memory items.
Would anyone be kind enough to post them ?

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QRH drill: GPWS alerts
QRH drill EGPWS alerts
QRH drill TCAS warnings
QRH drill - immediate actions EMER Descent
QRH drill - Low energy warning
Memory Items - Unreliable Speed Indications
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ditto ipac
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Airbus FCOM 3.02.01 page 2a :


The following procedures are to be applied without referring to paper : Windshear, windshear ahead, TCAS, EGPWS, loss of braking, immediate actions of EMER DESCENT, immediate actions of UNRELIABLE SPEED INDICATION/ADR CHECK PROC, CREW INCAPACITATION.
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Thanks a lot .
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How do you deal with loss of braking? Just curious.
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Use pedal (man) brakes

if not

Full Reverse

Release brake pedals

A/Skid NWS - off

Apply Alt braking (Max 1000 PSI)

If still no joy

Short succcessive appication of Park Brake (all 3000ish PSI)

Then peel nose off windscreen
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Old 4th Aug 2008, 00:19   #8 (permalink)
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ood practice for me...

Max Reverse
Release brakes pressure
Switch off A/Skid N.W. Steering switch
Increase brake pressure.

If still no brakes...
Use hand brakes in short sharp shots.

Off to the books and confirm
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Old 4th Aug 2008, 12:39   #9 (permalink)
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Also, FCOM 3 TOME 2 states under SOPs that the flows have to be "performed from memory".

It is also a good idea to commit to memory the procedure for recovery from loss of FMS data/ severe reset specially when it happens during approach or close to landing.

The 7 memory items stated in FCOM 3.02.01 P2a and SOPs Standard Callouts 3.03.90 p4:

1) Windshear/ windshear ahead: "Windshear, TOGA" 3.02.80 p19
2) TCAS: "Traffic, I have control" 3.02.34 p12 and p17
3) EGPWS: "Pull up, TOGA" 3.02.34 p15
4) Loss of braking "Loss of braking" 3.02.32 p11
5) Immediate actions of EMER DESCENT "Emergency Descent" 3.02.80 p7
6) Immediate actions of UNRELIABLE SPEED INDICATION/ ADR CHECK PROC "Unreliable speed" 3.02.34 p20

But if you read the FCTM, Airbus will tell you there are no memory items!

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Old 4th Aug 2008, 12:56   #10 (permalink)
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Ok, can I ask what you do when a crew incapacitation occurs? And more importantly what if both members of crew become incapacitated?
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according to the unreliable speed indication: do you have to know the proper pitch angles for specific airspeeds and Grossweights or is just the technique to get a stable flightpath and to compare the flight data from the different ADRs a memory item?

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Old 4th Aug 2008, 16:20   #13 (permalink)
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Below acceleration altitude: TOGA, 15 degrees NU

Above that but below 10,000': CLB, 10 degrees NU

Above 10,000': CLB, 5 degrees NU

QRH then has various pitch / power couples for different weights and altitudes as it recommends you consider levelling off above MSA, as an increase in altitude may make the speed error even worse.

If you need a higher nose up pitch to stay level then you're a bit slow, and vice versa.

Hope that helps.
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Yes of course it helps!

Thank you!
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Old 4th Aug 2008, 16:35   #15 (permalink)

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Crew incapacitation actions are writen in the FCTM and the FCOM 3. (this for the airbus)

Basically, you have to take over pressing the red push botton on the side-stick 45seconds. Return to the safe flight and engage the A/P (your side).

Then, "purser to cockpit please" by the PA, ask her/him to fasten the seat belt and move the seat backwards (so as to not to interfere in the instruments or with the handling of the aircraft). In addition ask for any qualified pilot on board and a doctor.

Declare emergency,In the mean time, in the MCDU you have an option which is called closest airports, with the information of the four nearest airport around you (check on the maps/charts the suitable, runway length...).

If you don´t have the last weather report ask for it, request proceed to, priority, high speed, radar vectors..

Well, a good idea would be inform the passengers (I wouldn´t say the real problem at all..)

When approaching, inform to the ATC that you are going to stop the aircraft on the rwy and medical assistance is required(giving all the details about the incapacitated crew)

Prepare the approach and read the check list earlier than usual. Request radar vectoring and prefer a long approach to reduce work load.

if both are incapacitated,,,just pray or sing a song untill run out of fuel.

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Old 4th Aug 2008, 17:48   #16 (permalink)
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A couple more I use:

Engine Tailpipe fire.
Rudder Jam - Use differential braking
Flat/Slat lock - Pull speed.
Stall recovery - (More for the sim).

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T: Tcas

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Windshear/Windshear ahead
Crew incapacitation
Loss of braking
Unreliable speed
Emergency descent
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Old 2nd May 2010, 09:00   #19 (permalink)
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Memory items

Any thought on RTO as memory item. Up until you stop and ask for ECAM or On Ground Emergency Evacuation Checklist?

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By that logic elac, you'd also have advancing the power as a Memory Item. And rotation. And gear up. And flare ...

And the memory items ARE in the FCTM. Although the list is not exactly the same as the FCOMs
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