Hello, During approach preparation,why don't we set Transtion level on the MCDU approach page instead of default transition altitude which is shown there? It can act as a reminder when passing the transition level during the descent .
I think you will find that the Transition Altitude on descent in the MCDU, defaults to what it is on climb. On the 320's I fly the Trans Level is then correctly loaded, when the STAR is selected. If operating to a port without STAR's, I am in the practice of entering the appropriate Trans Level.
What do you mean "discouraged"? It's not something I have ever come across?
Greetings, TRANSITION LEVEL doesnot exist on the Airbus families, there is only TRANSITION ALTITUDE, you have to use it as transition level during descent although it is referenced to transition altitude. The Airbus test pilots, made it worst on the THALES FMS2, they asked that the defaulted transition altitude on the approach page should display defaulted transition alitude (in the AMI) + 500 feet to cope with low QNH So guess what we have to correct it EVERYTIME
there is only TRANSITION ALTITUDE, you have to use it as transition level during descent although it is referenced to transition altitude.
Incorrect. You may want to use it as a TL reminder (STD flashing on PFDs) modified to the value applicable for given runway / pressure. Or, you may want to keep/correct it as appropriate to relevant TA, so that you get the flashing reminder during GA when climbing, so not to bust your GA FL. It is a tool and well educated operateur will use it as (s)he sees most benefical.
Of course, generally, one is better off following employer's standards (a.k.a. SOPs). Of course, there are ten in a dozen aircraft not equipped with such feature and all flying gets performed safely. It is better that automation guidlines do not become obstructing to procedure planning and situational awareness.
FD (the un-real)
Last edited by FlightDetent; 26th Oct 2008 at 12:53.
In one particular airline, their BARO REF is set to STD when cleared to a Flight Level and QNH when cleared to an altitude, provided altitude restrictions for SIDS/STARS are complied with and MSA is attained on a climbed. Having the Transition altitude set in the approach page is for reminder only. When there's a request from ATC for altitude/level passing, QNE or QNH is momentarily set for the reply only.
In China, transition levels differ depending on QNH. You need to modify the T/L for unusually low or high pressure settings. Also, sometimes the level in the box differs from the approach plate, if the box is in error it can be corrected.
Some of our aircraft use T/A and some T/L, depends who makes the box.