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Old 26th Dec 2012, 16:44   #1 (permalink)
 
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Airbus ENG OUT ACC

Hi all,

I'm trying to establish the effect of the altitude entered in the ENG OUT ACC field of the Take Off performance page (A320).

Couldn't find much detail in the FCOM - any steers in the right direction appreciated!

Thanks.
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Old 26th Dec 2012, 17:04   #2 (permalink)
 
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Airbus ENG OUT ACC

Short answer. Zero effect.
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Old 27th Dec 2012, 18:37   #3 (permalink)
 
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Thanks Starbear, that's my understanding as well - I was just trying to find a definitive reference to confirm (or alternatively, to discover a previously unsuspected point to that field!)
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Old 29th Dec 2012, 18:09   #4 (permalink)
 
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FCOM-DSC-22-20-50 Controls and Indicators- Perf App Page
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Old 30th Dec 2012, 12:54   #5 (permalink)
 
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Take it as a reminder... nothing to do - no effect
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Old 30th Dec 2012, 16:27   #6 (permalink)
 
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Thanks mcdhu, that's exactly what I was looking for. Seems I'm still getting used to the new FCOM format!
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Old 31st Dec 2012, 13:37   #7 (permalink)
 
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ENG OUT ACC altitude greater than 1500 ft may result in reduction of climb-limited MTOW due to the 4th segment climb requirement.
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Old 31st Dec 2012, 14:02   #8 (permalink)
 
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can u elaborate any further on the fourth segment remark
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The climb-limited MTOW is the maximum weight at which the airplane meets three EO minimum climb gradient requirements, generally referred to as 1st, 2nd and 4th segment. The 4th segment minimum climb gradient must be met at VFTO in the en-route configuration, maximum continuous thrust on the operating engine(s), at 1500 ft or the EO ACC altitude, whichever is higher.
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Old 31st Dec 2012, 15:48   #10 (permalink)
 
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Airbus ENG OUT ACC

Just a note of caution: Hazelnut is answering an entirely different question to that posed by the OP. Tat question was about the effect of changing S/E alt in the Mcdu whereas Hazelnut is describing an actual acceleration above 1500ft. You can theoretically insert any altitude you want in the Mcdu without affecting when you choose to accelerate. Hazel it's point is well made though for actual acceleration.

In fact some Aibus performance packages stipulate both a. minimum and maximum acceleration altitude.
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Old 31st Dec 2012, 16:06   #11 (permalink)
 
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I may indeed have misunderstood the OP but, if "the altitude entered in the ENG OUT ACC field of the Take Off performance page" has "zero effect", what is its purpose?
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Old 1st Jan 2013, 01:04   #12 (permalink)
 
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Airbus ENG OUT ACC

Simply a reminder. Can be used in briefing or by PF following actual engine failure by glancing down at the perf page usually displayed on that side. I agree it does seem odd but same in other Airbus a/c.
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Old 1st Jan 2013, 09:44   #13 (permalink)
 
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minimum and maximum acceleration altitude.

There is indeed a minimum and a maximum Accel. altitude.
The minimum is for obstacle clearance and maximum is equal to the altitude the airplane would attain once the 10 minute TOGA thrust limit is reached.
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Old 1st Jan 2013, 11:20   #14 (permalink)
 
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Question Engine out acceleration height

One debate is whether is what altitude to select for engine out.

I am interested in learning more about the performance implications of selecting different altitudes

I personally prefer to select 2000 feet rather than 1500 as an engine out acceleration altitude.

Why ?

If I have a engine out with severe damage and engine fire, it gives me more time to complete the Ecam actions before having to push to level off, if we have to push to level off at 1500, we must stop the ecam actions, and cannot discharge the bottle until after cleaning up the aircraft, depending on your SOP and Airbus procedure.

Being lower than maximum engine out acceleration altitude, you delay discharging the bottle.
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Old 1st Jan 2013, 20:27   #15 (permalink)
 
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ENG OUT ACC Entry has no effect because the crew have to push V/S to level off.. it is never done automatically.

Airbus SOP is to secure engine before levelling to accelerate .. so the actual ACC ALT may be higher than the entered value, depending on how many ECAM actions are required to secure the engine.

Magnetic Iron.. unless your company SOP prohibits it, you can say "continue ECAM" after a Flap selection, then "Stop ECAM" for the next selection and so on. No need to wait until the a/c is clean.
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Old 2nd Jan 2013, 06:31   #16 (permalink)
 
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Delaying acceleration until Engine is secure, Airbus style:

This is an extract from the Airbus (manufacurer's) FCTM following an engine failure after V1.

PROCEDURE INITIATION OF THE PROCEDURE

The PNF will closely monitor the aircraft's flight path. He will cancel any Master Warning/Caution and read the ECAM title displayed on the top line of the E/WD. Procedures are initiated on PF command. No action is taken (apart from cancelling audio warnings through the MASTER WARNING light) until:

The appropriate flight path is established and,
The aircraft is at least 400 ft above the runway.
A height of 400 ft is recommended because it is a good compromise between the necessary time for stabilization and the excessive delay in procedure initiation. Priority must be given to the control of the aircraft trajectory. Once the PF has stabilized the flight path, the PNF confirms the failure and the PF orders ECAM actions.

The flight crew should delay the acceleration for securing the engine.
An engine is considered as secured when the ECAM actions of the procedures are performed until:
"ENG MASTER OFF" for an engine failure without damage
"AGENT 1 DISH" for an engine failure with damage
Fire extinguished or "AGENT 2 DISH" for an engine fire.

Note: If the decision has been taken to delay the acceleration, the flight crew must not exceed the engine out maximum acceleration altitude. (The engine out maximum acceleration altitude corresponds to the maximum altitude that can be achieved with one engine out and the other engine(s) operating at takeoff thrust for a maximum of 10 min.). END.

Trouble is everyone knows better than the manufacturer or even the previous Chief Pilot and Chief Training Captain etc and impose their personal biases on SOPs. I don't know when this combination of accelerating whilst completing the ECAM procedure started i.e. Stop ECAM Flaps one; Continue ECAM; Stop ECAM Flaps zero but its messy potentially dangerous and quite unnecessary. how long does it take to secure an engine? I work for a company which does it like this but I continue to hope they will see the light of day.

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Old 2nd Jan 2013, 17:28   #17 (permalink)
 
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I don't know when this combination of accelerating whilst completing the ECAM procedure started
Used to be airbus SOP - they changed their minds to agree with industry best practice a few years ago.
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Old 3rd Jan 2013, 05:35   #18 (permalink)
 
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Former SOPs

Thank you for that, I wasn't aware it had ever been an Airbus (manufacturer's) SOP..


I did my original Airbus course in TOU in 1992 and have been on and off the Airbus several times since then but don't recall this ever being an SOP but good to know the origin now.

Thanks again.
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Old 23rd Jan 2013, 18:30   #19 (permalink)
 
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1 engine out acceleration altitude

Does your company have a SOP to accelerate and level off at 3000 feet or 1500 ft, if you lose 1 engine in the go around ?

The performance criteria calls for a continous climb gradient in the one engine out go around, if the sid calls you to climb to 3000 feet

you lose on the clb gradient cleaning up and levelling before 3000.

there are valid arguments on both sides on whether one should clean up and level off at 1500 or 3000 feet. Inthe go around on one or two engine

Whats your vote, higher or lower.?

Yet the regs are clear on the continous gradient, yet I like to get clean

thanks

Say if the go around procedure calls for you to level off at 3000 feet not before.

Does your company procedure say accelerate and clean up at 1500ft or 3000ft
Depending on the go around accel. Procedure

i say accelerating and cleaning up at 3000 feet is too high, no ? Yes you comply with the appropiate 1 eng out climb gradient

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Airbus ENG OUT ACC

What about GVA?? High terrain. Engine out SID is climb straight ahead 7000'. Accelerate at 7000' (climb to 7000' dirty) or accelerate at 1500' and then climb to 7000'??
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