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English, Education, 1 seasons, 116 episodes, 1 day 12 hours 29 minutes
It's our aim to make studying for your recurrent sims or command upgrades as easy as possible. Sometimes it's not that easy to make time at home to study, and let's face it, who wants to spend precious days off reading about work. With the A320 Podcast, you can learn and revise in the car, at the gym or out on the run. Now you can use the wasted time on your commute to make sure you ace your next sim, and the best part is - it's completely free! The only thing we ask is for you to tell all your friends and colleagues and then leave us a 5 star iTunes review which will increase our ranking and get as many people listening as possible.
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TAP115: Engine Fire Procedure

In this episode Matt has a look at a case study to highlight the importance of not delaying the implementation of the engine fire procedure. For extra information on the topics covered today you can also listen to The A320 Podcast epsiodes 13 and 43.
25/04/202321 minutes 30 seconds
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TAP114: Prevention of EGT overlimits

In this episode, Matt looks at EGT overlimits with a case study, background tech, some methods we can use to prevent it as a flight crew and how to deal with it if we experince it.   Support the podcast with patreon  or buy us a coffee at
06/02/202321 minutes 41 seconds
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TAP113: Engine Failures with Capt Al

In this episode, Matt is joined by Captain Al as they discuss his personal experience with engine failures. They also give some tips on how to manage engine failures.  Support the podcast at patreon  or buy us a coffee at 
18/04/20221 hour 4 minutes 38 seconds
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TAP112: Nosewheel at 90º

In this episode, Matt takes a look at the LATAM incident on the 27th March and then talks about the causes of the other 5 incidents that have happened on the A320 family which resulted in landing with the nosewheel at 90 degrees.   The article mentioned in the podcast can be found here  The Video can be seen here  Support the podcast at patreon  or buy us a coffee at 
04/04/202230 minutes 39 seconds
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TAP111: Backup Speed Scale

In this Episode Matt takes a look at the BUSS or Backup Speed Scale plus what Airbus has lined up in the future for helping pilots deal with unreliable speed. We are now running command preparation courses, more information about them can be found at Thanks for listening. Support the podcast -
18/01/202214 minutes 30 seconds
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TAP110: Unreliable Speed

The podcast is back!!!! Matt takes another look at the Unreliable Speed procedure, the reasons behind the recent increase in events and some tips on how to deal with them.
17/12/202132 minutes 36 seconds
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We are back!! This week we look at TCAS, its history, how it operates and what the procedures are. We also talk about our new online course! #A320 #Avgeek #pilot #pilotlife #TCAS #Airbus
12/03/202125 minutes 3 seconds
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TAP108: Interview with Memory Items App founder

In this episode Matt and Andy talk with Tino from Easy Memory Item about the importance of Memory Items and how you can improve your learning of them.   To download the app, search easymemoryitem in the Apple App Store or on Google Playstore.  For more information visit  In cooperation with "Easy Memory Item" we are giving you a 10% discount on the A320 Lounge. Use the following code: EASYMEMORY  at checkout. Visit to sign up.
05/10/202023 minutes 4 seconds
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TAP107: HEPA Filters

This week Andy looks at HEPA filters, what they are, how they work and what they do!
14/08/202011 minutes 54 seconds
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TAP106: Auto Flight Part 2

In this episode Matt & Andy continue the series looking at the Autoflight system.
24/06/202016 minutes 42 seconds
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TAP105: Auto Flight Part 1

This week we start a new series looking at the Auto Flight System in detail. In this episode we cover some general information and the computation of position
08/06/202022 minutes 43 seconds
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TAP104: CV's, Redundancy, Recruitment and more!

This week Matt & Andy are joined by Jamie from and Phil from to discuss the current state of the industry, what to do if made redundant and tips for your CV plus more
18/05/202048 minutes 13 seconds
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TAP104: CV's, Redundancy, Recruitment and more!

This week Matt & Andy are joined by Jamie from and Phil from to discuss the current state of the industry, what to do if made redundant and tips for your CV plus more
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TAP103: An Unrealistic Sim

This week Matt and Andy take a look at a dual blocked pitot scenario and ask why it might not be a great idea
05/05/202017 minutes 48 seconds
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TAP102: Storage of Aircraft

With airlines parking up fleets of aircraft around the world Matt & Andy look at the difference between parking and storing aircraft and the factors to consider
13/04/202013 minutes 41 seconds
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TAP101: Fuel Spillage

In this weeks episode Matt & Andy look at fuel spillages and recommend some documentaries to pass the time during lockdown! 
31/03/202019 minutes 5 seconds
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TAP100: Episode 100!

In this special episode to celebrate our 100th show we are joined by Capt Al to chat about the history of the A320, how things have changed and what the future holds. Capt Nick from the Airline Pilot Guy show tells us about the A320 and we share some fun facts!
16/03/20201 hour 43 minutes 30 seconds
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TAP099: Test Your Knowledge - Part 2

In this episode, Matt & Andy give you questions 51-100. listen along and see how many you think you can answer.
10/02/202014 minutes 6 seconds
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TAP098: Test Your Knowledge - Part 1

100 Questions you should be able to answer (Especially if you're looking to become a Captain)
27/01/202012 minutes 33 seconds
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TAP097: GNSS Interference and an intro to the xLS concept

In this episode Matt and Andy take a look at the effects of GNSS interference on the systems of the A320, discuss considerations for pilots and take a quick look at the xLS concept
07/01/202017 minutes 10 seconds
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TAP096: 2019 Book Recommendations

In this episode Matt & Andy discuss book recommendations from themselves and listeners.
23/12/201916 minutes 59 seconds
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TAP095: Dual Elevator Fault + Dual ENG Failure in same flight!

This episode is a fantastic example of workload management, failure management and prioritisation. The report used here can be found at:  A more comprehensive report can be found here: 
09/12/201911 minutes 8 seconds
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TAP094: Contaminated Runway Reporting

This week Matt talks about how runway braking actions are reported and the new technology helping to improve it. Airbus and its subsidiary NAVBLUE have developed a new technology to use the aircraft itself as a sensor to measure the available runway braking action, and subsequently share that data to the benefit of oncoming traffic and the airport authorities.  
25/11/201914 minutes 48 seconds
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There are two new system developments discussed in this episode,   TOS (Take off surveillance) which comprises of TOS1 and TOS2, and,   TOM (Take off monitoring) which currently isn’t available on the A320 but is being evaluated for possible installation.   TOS1 checks flaps and trim settings and does a check of the performance parameters entered in the FMS (aircraft weight and takeoff speeds). This then compares actual performance settings with that entered in the FMS. TOS2 makes the same checks as TOS1, but additionally, checks that the aircraft is positioned on the intended runway and that the expected takeoff performance – based on data entered in the FMS by the crew,  is compatible with the runway distance available. If any of these checks compute an error, various ECAMs can be triggered.   TOM monitors the acceleration of the aircraft during the takeoff phase and wa
11/11/201920 minutes 6 seconds
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TAP092: Circling and Visual Approaches

In this episode Matt and Andy discuss the procedures for performing circling and visual approaches.
21/10/201912 minutes 10 seconds
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TAP091: Lithium Battery Fires

In this episode Matt & Andy discuss the Lithium Battery Fire QRH checklist and cabin crew procedures and interview Andy from about the risks posed by lithium batteries. 
07/10/201920 minutes 46 seconds
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TAP090: Non Precision Approaches

In this episode Matt & Andy discuss the different types of NPA available and how to fly them.
23/09/201918 minutes 32 seconds
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TAP089: Why do we do a 2-stage spool up on takeoff?

In this episode Matt & Andy discuss the reasons behind this procedure and tells us the risks if you don't do it.
09/09/201915 minutes 28 seconds
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TAP088 : Airline Prep Interview

This week Matt chats to Jamie from Airline Prep about preparing for a new job interview, command upgrades and more
15/07/201924 minutes 42 seconds
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This week Matt and Andy looking at the ACP and the associated systems that make up the communication systems.
24/06/201915 minutes 52 seconds
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This week Matt and Andy look at the features of ADS-B and ATSAW   Pictures to help with the descriptions of the symbols and the MCDU pages can be found on the social media channels;    Matt and Andy are also looking for volunteers to help with these social media pages as they are pretty neglected both being full time captains. If you think you, or someone you know, can spare just an hour or two a week to help out then they'd love to hear from you either through these social media channels or via email [email protected]    
10/06/201913 minutes 51 seconds
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TAP085: FCU Faults

This week Matt and Andy discuss Single and Dual FCU faults.  They look at what happens with these failures and how to manage them. They also give a quick tech refresher on the different levels of failure.  
27/05/201914 minutes 12 seconds
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TAP084 - The FCU

This week Matt & Andy have a look at the FCU panel and how it works
15/05/201912 minutes 3 seconds
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TAP083 - PW1000G

In this episode Matt and Andy take a look at the Pratt and Whitney PW1000G Powerplant
29/04/201916 minutes 2 seconds
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TAP082 - APU

In this episode Matt & Andy have a look at the APU system.
15/04/201911 minutes 6 seconds
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TAP081: Ask Matt & Andy - Windshear and High Speed Protection

In this episode Matt and Andy answer a few questions from listeners regarding the windshear and high speed protection
01/04/20199 minutes 43 seconds
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TAP080 - IAE Manual Engine start

In this episode we look at the procedure for a manual start on the IAE V2500 engine
11/03/201915 minutes 50 seconds
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TAP079 - IAE V2500

Continuing the series on powerplants, Matt and Andy take a look at the V2500 from IAE
27/02/201922 minutes 6 seconds
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TAP078 - CFM Manual Engine Start

This week Matt and Andy look in detail at a manual engine start on the CFM56, what it is and how to do it
11/02/201919 minutes 24 seconds
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TAP077: The CFM56

We are back for the New Year! this week Matt and Andy start a new series looking at the engine options available for the A320 family. We start the series at the CFM56
21/01/201919 minutes 48 seconds
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TAP076: Matt & Andy's Book Recommendations and comp winners

This week Matt & Andy give you their book recommendations and announce the winners of the latest completion to win a copy of Fly! by Richard De Crespigny. Here are their book recommendations, QF32 - Richard De Crespigny  Fly! - Richard De Crespigny  The Smell of Kerosene - NASA  Understanding Air France 447 - Bill Palmer  Flying Concorde: The Full Story - Brian Calvert  Black Box Thinking - Matthew Syed Riding Rockets - Mike Mullane  If you were the winners this week then get in touch with your
18/12/201822 minutes 48 seconds
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TAP075: Interview with Richard De Crespigny (Captain of QF32)

This week Matt & Andy talk to Richard De Crespigny, the captain of Qantas flight QF32 in which his A380 suffered multiple major failures when one of it's engines exploded. He discusses the incident itself and how he felt afterwards and then gives us some great knowledge and advice about stress, failure management and safety culture. This one isn't just for A320 pilots, in fact, it's not even just for pilots - everyone can learn from this episode. If that wasn't enough, Richard has also donated two signed copies of his latest book, Fly! for them to give away. He has set a question for you to answer, get it correct and you'll be in with a chance of wining one of these two books.
03/12/20181 hour 16 seconds
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TAP074: PBN Part 2

This week Matt & Andy continue discussing PBN.
19/11/201813 minutes 23 seconds
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In this episode Matt & Andy look at PBN in this two-parter.
05/11/201817 minutes 55 seconds
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TAP072: ASK Matt & Andy Turbulance, Loss of Braking, LAND ASAP Clarification

In this episode Matt & Andy answer three questions people have written in with and also have an announcement that includes 2 great offers for their listeners.
22/10/201817 minutes 33 seconds
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In this episode Matt & Andy discuss UPRT. This is a new part of the regulatory recurrent syllabus so they thought it a relevant subject.
02/10/201815 minutes 56 seconds
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TAP070: Dual Engine Failure

This week Andy takes a look at the Dual Engine Failure QRH procedure
20/08/201817 minutes 42 seconds
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TAP069: Engine Issues

This week we take a look at engine issues at various stages of flight, what to look out for and how to handle these scenarios 
13/08/201814 minutes 20 seconds
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TAP068: Pilot Incapacitation

This week Matt and Andy take a look at another listener request, this time it's pilot incapacitation 
06/08/201812 minutes 25 seconds
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TAP067: Farnborough 2018

This week Matt takes a look at the news stories to come out of the Farnborough Airshow. He discusses the sales figures not just of airbus but also their major competitors.
23/07/20188 minutes 10 seconds
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TAP066: Windshear

This week Matt and Andy discuss the windshear detection systems on the A320
09/07/201811 minutes 51 seconds
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TAP065: Ventilation

This week it's a listener request. Matt & Andy discuss the Ventilation system.  
11/06/201813 minutes 13 seconds
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TAP064: Sichuan A319 windshield failure

This week Matt discusses a windshield failure which also damaged the FCU causing the loss of autopilot!
29/05/20187 minutes 58 seconds
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TAP063: The CIDS system

This week Matt and Andy take a look at the little understood CIDS system and what happens when a total failure occurs
07/05/201817 minutes 23 seconds
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TAP062: Southwest incident

This week Matt & Andy have a chat about the southwest incident and then discuss how they'd deal with the same incident in an A320.   You can listen to the full ATC recording here   How would you add to it? Any ideas would be welcomed on our facebook page.
30/04/201823 minutes 7 seconds
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TAP061: Dual FMGC Failure

This week Matt & Andy look at FMGC failures and their consequences. There's little information in the manuals so they both take us though the effects of these failues and some of the issues that can be faced.
23/04/201821 minutes 38 seconds
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TAP060 - the FMGS system overview

A review of the FMGS system before next weeks DUAL FMGC FAILURE podcast 
16/04/201813 minutes 50 seconds
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TAP059: Slat Gotcha - A Listener's Experience

This week Matt and Andy discuss a listener's experience that we can all learn from. Plus, a fact we bet you didn't know.    
09/04/201812 minutes 6 seconds
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TAP058: An Interview with Airbus about the Beluga and a COMPETITION!

This week Matt & Andy interview Andy Owen from Airbus about the logistics of getting the wings they've made out to the production facilities using the Beluga. They also announce another exciting competition!
02/04/201826 minutes 11 seconds
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TAP057: Display Unit System

This week Matt & Andy discuss the screens found on the A320, how they are managed and what happens when they fail.
26/03/201813 minutes 47 seconds
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TAP056: Dual RA Failure

THEY'RE BACK!!!! After 3 weeks off, Matt and Andy are back to discuss the Radio Altimeters, how they operate and then how to deal with a Dual Failure.   They look at the system itself, A single failure and then a dual failure.  
06/03/201815 minutes 23 seconds
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TAP055: Interview With Airbus! - How are the A320 Wings Made?

Matt & Andy speak to Andy Owen from the Airbus wing factory in Broughton about how the A320 wings are constructed. Ever wondered how our wings are made??? They were lucky enough to have a full factory tour, see The A320 Podcast Facebook page for some photos and more information.   The podcast has now had over 100,000 downloads! Thank you for all your support and loyalty! 
12/02/201813 minutes 25 seconds
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TAP054: Flap and Slat System + ANOTHER Announcement!!!!!!!

Check out Matt & Andy's brand new website for: Full motion & Fixed base simulator hire Airline assessment prep Command Prep Flight Experiences LPC/OPC prep Online Courses
05/02/201818 minutes 46 seconds
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TAP053: FACs + an announcement!!!

This week Matt and Andy take a look at the Flight Augmentation Computers and their functions. New Airbus manuals are now released and on their way to airlines around the world. Your airline should be updating them soon if they haven't already. There's an episode about this change TAP030 so have a listen to refresh your memory. The A320 has two FACs (flight augmentation computers) and they have three main functions, - Yaw functions (your damping, rudder trim and rudder trim limiting) - Flight envelope functions - Windshear detection   The FACs govern the flight envelope, rudder position display and rudder trim indications regardless of what the flight crew does with the FAC pushbutton. It also controls the speed scale. FAC Computes: VSW VLS VFE & VFE NEXT VLE VMO/MMO GREEN DOT S SPEED F SPEED TREND ARROW   Alpha lock</
22/01/201812 minutes 12 seconds
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TAP052: Interview with Valentina Fitzpatrick from Aviofit

This week Matt & Andy talk to Valentina Fitzpatrick from Aviofit about why an aircraft is an unhealthy environment and what we can do to try to counteract it. She also has a challenge for both of them! Who is Valentina? "Valentina Fitzpatrick has combined her experience as cabin crew for a leading European airline, with her qualifications from UCD in health and fitness to found Aviofit. Aviofit is a collaboration of expertise in aviation, nutrition and health & fitness, gathering together to assist airlines and regulatory bodies to counteract the immediate and damaging effects of flying on the body". To find out more visit and remember to mention the podcast if you contact her.
15/01/201820 minutes 40 seconds
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TAP051: Bleed 1+2 fault

08/01/201821 minutes 8 seconds
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TAP050: Christmas Message and a Gift from Us!

This week Matt and Andy give a quick Christmas message and also share a little resource as a gift for you!   Cabin Pressure is a radio sitcom written and created by John Finnemore and directed and produced by David Tyler. It follows the exploits of the eccentric crew of the single aeroplane owned by "MJN Air" as they are chartered to take all manner of items, people or animals across the world. The show stars Finnemore, <a style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;
25/12/20173 minutes 5 seconds
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TAP049: Bleed System

This week we take a look at a review the bleed system
18/12/201717 minutes 11 seconds
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TAP048: Our first Interview and an AMAZING Competition!

This week Matt & Andy have the pleasure of speaking to Gerome Gardiner who is an amazing artist specialising in doing oil paintings of airliners. Not only does he talk about his passion for aviation and painting, but he also reveals an amazing prize he has very generously donated to us to give away to you, our lovely listeners! To enter, go to our Facebook page and then Like our page, Share the competition post and comment "Yes Please". And that's it! The competition closes at midnight on December 31st, 2017 so get in quick so you don't miss out. The winner will be picked at random and then announced on the podcast and also on Facebook - Good Luck Not only that, he has also given all our listeners a 10% discount on all his prints! When you contact him via email or through his Instagram page (details below) mention the A320 Podcast to receive your discount.   [email protected]
11/12/201726 minutes 38 seconds
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TAP047: Low Vis

This Week Matt & Andy look at Low Visibility Operations All the figures and procedures in this week's episode are from EASA and Airbus' own SOP's so be sure to check your own company manual and procedure.
04/12/201716 minutes 57 seconds
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The FCU is located on the glareshield, and is the short-term interface between the flight crew and the FMGC. It is used to select any flight parameters or modify those selected in the MCDU. The autopilots and autothrust functions may be engaged or disengaged. Different guidance modes can be selected to change various targets these are speed, heading, track, altitude, flight path angle, vertical speed.    the FCU also includes the two EFIS control panels either side of it and we will explain why shortly.    The FCU comprises three panels : - one center panel (auto flight control section) which features the   controls and the displays associated with the AFS. - and two symmetrical panels (EFIS control sections) located on the left side  and right side of the center panel. These panels include the controls to change the displays associated respectively with the Captain and  the First Officer EFIS display units.    The FCU consists of two identi
27/11/201714 minutes 58 seconds
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TAP045: Dubai Airshow

Airbus has landed its biggest-ever order with budget airline investor Indigo Partners signing a deal to buy 430 jets. The agreement, for Airbus’s best-selling A320 family of small airliners, is worth a $49.5bn at list prices. Although the order - for 273 A320neos and 157 A321neos - has a list value of almost $50bn, Indigo is unlikely to pay anywhere near as much. The A320neo is priced at $108m and the larger A321neo at $127m but manufacturers offer large discounts on jets. Such a massive order is likely to mean a bigger than normal price reduction. As analysts digested the order - almost twice the size of the company's previous largest deal,  a $26bn sale of 250 A320s to an Indian budget airline - Mr Leahy revealed another sales success. Dublin-based lease company CDB Aviation confirmed MoUs for 90 A320neos. The order takes Airbus’s backlog of work on the A320 family of jets to almost 6,000 - the equivalent of almost a decade's
20/11/201711 minutes 52 seconds
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TAP044: Fuel Leak

Fuel Leak This week Matt and Andy go through the QRH procedure of a fuel leak and discuss some failure management tips. There is information in the FCTM-AO-028 and of course the QRH-ABN-28  This week we also have an exclusive offer only available to A320 Podcast listeners: Aviation Insider has given all our listeners a 10% discount on their A320 Question Bank. To take advantage of this great offer, click on the link below and enter the code a32010
07/11/201714 minutes 33 seconds
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TAP043: Tailpipe Fire

This week Matt is solo and talks about what a tailpipe fire is and how to deal with it. As an easy summary - cut off the fuel source and then ventilate. Do this by turning the engine master switch off and then engine mode selector to crank, man start on. Check out your manuals for more information. QRH ABN 70 FCTM NO-030 & AO-070 FCOM PRO-ABN-70    
30/10/201711 minutes 42 seconds
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This week Matt & Andy take a look at the ECAM system and how to run failures. They discuss the system itself and how it works, how airbus expect us to run a failure using it and then finally, how to use ECAM if it fails. More info can be found in the FCTM OP-040 ECAM We also recommend using 'Read ECAM' which can be found at for practicing using ECAM and going through difference scenarios.  [email protected] 
16/10/201720 minutes 35 seconds
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09/10/201713 minutes 9 seconds
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TAP040: Groundspeed MINI

Check out our Facebook page where you'll find the example figures talked about in this episode.   For more information, here are some references  FCOM DSC-22_30-90 SPEED mode in approach phase FCOM PRO-SUP-10 OTHER SPEEDS FCTM NO-110
25/09/201712 minutes 16 seconds
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TAP039: Air Canada Accident

29 March 2015 A320 Toronto - Halifax Winter time, forecast in Halifax wind 15kts G25 with moderate drifting snow and a temp of -5 and vis 1/2sm (800m). In cruise, received METAR 1/4sm vis (400m) with heavy snow NOTAMED that Glide path U/S so they set up for a LOC only. Calculated cold temp correction for FAF alt, MDA and GA alt. Calculated FAF to be 2200ft ASL (+200ft correction) MDA they added 23ft for temp and 50ft for the company see FCTM - SI -010 (approach) Using their company qrh converter the adjusted the FPA from 3.1 to 3.5° In level flight before reaching the FAF they pulled FPA and selected 0 0.3nm before FAF they selected fpa -3.5 As the a/c descended it diverged from the desired profile due to wind variations. This divergences continued throughout the approach. A 400’ auto call out was made as they descended through MDA 1.2nm from threshold PM called
18/09/201719 minutes 43 seconds
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TAP038: Approach Accidents and How to Avoid Them - Part 2

Matt & Andy carry on where they left off. Last week they talked about the 7 main factors affecting approach and landing accidents. As a reminder they covered,   SOPs  Crew cooperation (CRM) In this episode they discuss, Altimeter and altitude issues Descent and approach management  Approach hazard awareness Readiness to go around  Approach and landing techniques
04/09/201719 minutes 52 seconds
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TAP037: Approach Accidents and How to Avoid Them - Part 1

75 % of approach-and-landing incidents and accidents come under 5 categories:   • CFIT (which includes landing short of runway);  • Loss of control;  • Runway overrun;  • Runway excursion; and,  • Non-stabilized approaches.    They looked at the factors that often lead to these accidents. They broke them down into 7 different subjects, SOPs  Crew cooperation (CRM) Altimeter and altitude issues Descent and approach management  Approach hazard awareness Readiness to go around  Approach and landing techniques   Listen to episodes 15 & 21 for a refresher on the CRM topics discussed in this episode.  
28/08/201714 minutes 58 seconds
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TAP036: A320 EGPWS

The Ground Proximity Warning System (GPWS) generates aural and visual warnings, when one of the following conditions occurs between radio heights 30 ft and 2 450 ft Mode 1: Excessive rate of descent Mode 2: Excessive terrain closure rate Mode 4: Unsafe terrain clearance when not in landing configuration Mode 5: Too far below glideslope. A Terrain Awareness Display (TAD), which predicts the terrain conflict, and displays the terrain on the ND. A Terrain Clearance Floor (TCF), which improves the low terrain w
21/08/201723 minutes 37 seconds
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TAP035:Loss of 2 Fuel Pumps

This week Matt and Andy look at a scenario where 2 fuel pumps in the same wing are lost
24/07/20179 minutes 30 seconds
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TAP034: Slat/Flap Jam

This week Matt and Andy take a look at the slat flap jammed checklist and look through the flap system
17/07/201720 minutes 4 seconds
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TAP033: The NEO part 2 (an update) plus an apology!

Here are the pertinent points from Matt's information; 1. No oil quantity indications after the FADECs have depowered. You need to power them manually using the guarded switches on the maintenance panel. 2. Engine start with anything but cold engines take a long time.  3. Single Pack operation causes the engines to increase thrust significantly and can cause high brake temperatures 4. Warm up and cool down times are very important - 3 min warm up and cool down unless cold engine which requires 5 min warm up. 5. Significant sound difference
07/07/201716 minutes 48 seconds
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TAP032: A320 Unreliable speed

This Week Matt and Andy look in to the unreliable speed checklist as requested by one of our listeners.  It is probably worth going back and listening to episode 6 where we discussed the systems involved in a bit more detail.
30/06/201720 minutes 3 seconds
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TAP031: A320 Emergency Evacuation

This week Matt & Andy look at the new (for some) Emergency Evacuation procedure. Remember that these procedures will still vary slightly from airline to airline so it's important to check your manuals to make sure you're doing them correctly.  
22/06/201715 minutes 45 seconds
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TAP030: New Airbus Manuals

This week Matt discusses how Airbus are changing the way the manuals are organised. 
05/06/20179 minutes 19 seconds
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TAP029: The NEO Part 1

It's the NEO Trio (see what we did there!)   Engine starting. This is the most common thing we do with them so seems like a good place to start. The sequence is still the same but helpfully, Airbus have decided to change the names of the controls, so, the ENG MASTER switch’ is now called ‘ENG MASTER lever’ And the ‘ENG MODE selector’ is now called ‘ENG START selector’ So as you do with the CEO, you turn the ENG START selector to IGN/START and this brings up the engine system page and closes off the pack valve. When the engine master Lever is set to 'on' the start sequence begins. On the CEO, the sequence runs like this, The LP fuel valve opens Start valve is opened APU speed is increased (if that's being used for start) If starting in the ground, When N2> 16% ignitions starts. In the air it's immediate On the ground, when N2> 22% the HP Fuel valve opens. In flight it's when N2> 15% Once the N2 g
30/05/201720 minutes 59 seconds
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TAP028: Airbus' New Emergency Descent Procedure

18/05/201713 minutes 38 seconds
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This week we take a more detailed look at an AC BUS 1 FAULT, firstly having a quick review of the system, the ECAM procedure and status page, and finally a discussion on how to handle it and some of the pitfalls! 
09/05/201718 minutes 31 seconds
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TAP026: A320 Ice and Rain Protection

02/05/201714 minutes 8 seconds
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TAP025: A320 Doors

This week we're discussing the exciting topic of the A320 doors. Not the most inspiring subject but we'll make it nice an easy to digest for you today and hopefully make it interesting. As usual with our systems episodes, we will go through the main points, then look at each type of door in more detail and then look at the controls and indicators for them all.
25/04/201719 minutes 33 seconds
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TAP024: The Importance of Pilot Monitoring

This week we are going continue our series of non technical discussions and  take a look at the role of pilot monitoring and its importance. This podcast isn't exclusive to the A320 and  the principals we will be discussing can be applied to all multi crew environments.    We will cover what monitoring actual is, how we do it, what happens when monitoring is impaired and finally, how we can improve our own monitoring.   
17/04/201718 minutes 48 seconds
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TAP023: Kegworth Disaster

  This week we are looking at an air crash investigation. It's a follow-on from the CRM episode we did a couple of weeks ago.  If you haven't listened to that one then it may be worth a listen because we discussed situational Awareness. Here are the links to the reports discussed Kegworth - TransAsia Accident -  
11/04/201714 minutes 21 seconds
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TAP022: A320 Pneumatics

  This system supplies high pressure air for air conditioning, engine starting, wing anti - icing, water pressurisation and hydraulic reservoir pressurisation. There are quite a few differences between the CEO and NEO aircraft so we will try and cover them in this episode.    There are 3 high pressure sources: Engine bleed systems, APU load compressor and the HP ground connection. A crossbleed duct interconnects the engine bleed systems and receives air from the APU and ground sources when required. There is a valve mounted in this duct which allows the left and right side of the system to be interconnected.    The system is controlled by 2 bleed management computers, BMC1 and BMC2.    A leak detection system detects any overheating in the hot air ducts.  Scenario of the week - You get an ECAM caution AIR L WING LEAK. What actions will you have to take? can you continue to destination or do you need to divert? Have a think abou
04/04/201711 minutes 51 seconds
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TAP021: Situational Awareness

Situational Awareness "The perception of the elements in the environment within a volume of time and space, the comprehension of their meaning and the projection of their status in the near future" Mica Endsley 1988   3 levels (or stages) - - Perception - Comprehension - Projection   4 Categories of SA - Geographical Spatial/Temporal Systems Environmental   Types of stress Physical - noise, vibration, heat, cold and fatigue, Psychological - mental load, time pressure, perceived time pressure, consequences of events fear, anxiety, uncertainty. High workload is a form of stress and can be either long term high workload like a 4 sector day in busy airspace, with an inexperienced crew, or short term or even momentary high workload or overload like bad weather on approach.   These “clues” can warn of an error chain in progress – a series of events that
29/03/201723 minutes 18 seconds
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TAP020: A320 Electrics - abnormal (part 2)

In this weeks episode we cover the last few items of our abnormal electrical system. These are AC ESS BUS FAULT, DC ESS BUSS FAULT, DC 1 and 2 BUS FAULT and the EMERGENCY ELECTRICAL CONFIG.   All the ECAM items can be found in the FCOM.   For the scenario of the week we want you to have a look at the Emer Elec Config pages in the QRH and think about how you will deal with it and what considerations you have to make before attempting an approach.
20/03/201716 minutes 36 seconds
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TAP019: A320 Landing gear

Listen to Matt and Andy repeatedly say LGCIU for 15 minutes!   The main components are two main landing gear with two wheels on each that retract inboard and one nose wheel gear with two wheels that retracts forwards.   The landing gear and the doors are electrically controlled and hydraulically operated. Landing Gear Control Interface units form a significant part of the A320. Because they are in charge sending landing gear position data to other aircraft systems, loss of both can have far reaching consequences. LGCIUs receive all this data from three sets of proximity sensors. The ones for the landing gear, the ones for the cargo doors and the ones for the flaps. So, for the landing gear, they receive information about when.... - The landing gears are locked down or up, or - The shock absorbers are compressed or extended, or - The landing gear doors are open, or closed, or - The bogie are aligned or not. <
14/03/201715 minutes 25 seconds
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TAP018: A320 Electrics - abnormal (part 1)

Generator Failure   If one engine generator fails, the system will automatically replace the failed generator with the APU generator, if it is available, or the other engine generator. Part of the galley load will be shed automatically and, if fitted, the DC entertainment bus will also be shed.    So if an engine generator is lost the entire system can be supplied by the remaining engine generator or the APU so the entire system remains powered.   Failure of AC Bus   If AC BUS 1 fails AC BUS 2 can supply the AC ESS BUS and the ESS TR can supply  the DC ESS BUS.  Depending on the MSN of the aircraft this either occurs automatically or can be recovered by switching the AC ESS FEED to ALTN on the overhead panel. If manual switching is required both the AC and DC ESS BUS FAULTS will show on the ECAM. DC BUS 2 supplies DC BUS 1 and DC B
07/03/201715 minutes 9 seconds
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TAP017: Aquaplaning

There are three types of aquaplaning - viscous, rubber reversion, and dynamic. Viscous This occurs when a thin film of contaminant creates a break in the contact of the tyre with the runway surface. This type normally only occurs on unusually smooth surfaces such as the runway touchdown zone where there is an excessive build-up of rubber. Viscous aquaplaning can occur even in damp conditions at high and low speeds. Because there's no actual contact, no marks are left on the runway. Reverted rubber This type of aquaplaning occurs when a stationary tyre (so either 'locked up' during braking or at touchdown) is dragged across a surface causing friction at the contact point. The heat produced by the friction boils the water on the surface creating steam. The pressure of the steam lifts the centre of the tyre off the surface leaving the edges still in contact creating a seal which traps the steam, this then melts the rubber and reverts it to its unvulca
20/02/201714 minutes 12 seconds
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TAP016: A320 Electrics basics

The electrics system can be split into two parts - AC and DC. AC is generated by the two engine generators, an APU generator and ground power. DC is generated by the batteries. Each part can also generate power for the other. The AC system can generate DC power using a TR and the DC system can generate AC power using a static inverter.   There's a great schematic diagram in the FCOM which helps simplify the system.
13/02/201716 minutes 54 seconds
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TAP015: Non technical Skills - Crew Cooperation

There are 4 main recognised sections to the non-technical skills in aviation. - Situational Awareness, - Decision Making, - Leadership and workload management and - Crew Cooperation.   This episode is about Crew Cooperation. Crew Cooperation requires the following categories of skills: - Encouragement of participation - Consideration of Others - Supporting of Others - Conflict Resolution   The scenario of the week is a reflection on yourself. How do you think other crew members perceive you and your actions? Try and think of two situations you've been in where CRM skills were required, one were you feel you did well and one were you would do things differently if it happened again.
06/02/201718 minutes 47 seconds
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TAP014: A320 Avionics, Cargo & Lav Fire Protections

vionics Smoke - One smoke detector is fitted in the air extraction duct of the avionics ventilation system. When this detector senses smoke for longer than 5 seconds it signals the ECAM to display a warning, A single chine sounds The master caution lights on the glare shield light up The ECAM displays a caution The smoke light on the EMER ELEC PWR panel lights up, And The blower and extract fault lights illuminate on the ventilation panel. If the smoke is detected for longer than 5 minutes, the caution can be cleared but it remains latched and can be recalled. When on the ground a dual Flight Warning Computer reset will unlatch the condition.   Each lavatory has a single smoke detector in each compartment and it is fitted in the extraction duct grille. When the detector finds smoke, it sends a signal to the CIDS which then transmits it to the FWC to produce an ECAM warning in the flight deck. The CIDS system generates an
30/01/201717 minutes 28 seconds
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TAP013: A320 Engine and APU Fire Protections

Aircraft Fire Protection Systems for the Engines and APU provide Fire and overheat detection and extinguishing systems (as opposed to just fire or smoke detection like in other systems). The engines and the APU each have their own fire and overheat detection systems. These consist of: Two identical fire detection loops (A and B) which are mounted in parallel and a Fire Detection Unit or FDU. The fire detection loops have three sensing elements for each engine. They are found in the pylon nacelle, in the engine core and in the engine fan section There is one sensing element in the APU compartment.   The Fire detection unit processes all the warnings and cautions originating in the sensing elements. There are 4 things that will cause a fire warning to appear: - a fire signal from both loop A and B, - a fire signal from one loop when the other is faulty, - a break in both loops occuring within 5 s of each other (flame effect
23/01/201717 minutes 21 seconds
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TAP012: A320 Fuel System (Part 2)

This week is part two of our fuel episodes. If you didn't listen to last weeks episode then go back and download it before listening to this one.    This week's scenario is one that is commonly given in the sim for assessments and checks. Fuel leak. So in the climb, before you've done a fuel check, you get the fuel page come up with the right wing tank fuel quantities pulsing. What checks do you make initially? Think about information gathering from all your resources. Then how are you going to manage the situation? This is a common scenario because it requires a range of skills to be demonstrated because theres checklists to do, possible single engine handling, faliure management, diversions and all under the time pressure caused by lack of fuel. Head over to our facebook page and leave your thoughts on there.
17/01/201720 minutes 9 seconds
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TAP011: A320 Fuel System (Part 1)

Happy New Year! Well we've had a couple of weeks break, now we're straight back to it and this week is a good one. Fuel. Theres more to this system than you would imagine actually.  Here is a summary of the fuel's journey from tanker to engine/APU Fuel enters the aircraft via the Refuel coupling or (hose connector) on the right wing. There is also the option to have one installed on the left wing if so desired. The amount of fuel required is selected on the Fuel panel on the right hand side of the fuselage. There is also the option to have a second panel fitted on the wing next to the hose connection. From the refuelling connection the fuel is carried along the length of both wings in what Airbus call a gallery. It basically a pipe with valves and outlets along it to deliver fuel to the correct places. Each wing has an inner tank, an outer tank and a surge tank. There is a centre tank in the fuselage. Fuel can be delivered into the outer tanks
09/01/201720 minutes 55 seconds
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TAP010: Our review of the film 'Sully'

As its nearly Christmas we thought we do a more light-hearted episode. This week we discuss the film Sully. Scenario of the week - Departing your home base, you lose both engines at 2800ft. What will you do?  
19/12/201618 minutes 26 seconds
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TAP009: Hydraulic Failures

Hydraulic systems can suffer from a number of abnormal situations. Pump low pressure, reservoir overheat, Reservoir low air pressure and reservoir low level. The electric pumps on the blue and yellow systems can also overheat. All of these will lead to the ECAM requesting that you switch off the pump. If this occurs to the green or yellow systems the PTU, if it is available, will transfer power, not fluid, between the systems recovering the affected system. The blue system can not be powered by the PTU. If the PTU is not available or the procedure ask you to turn it off, the failed system will not be powered. This leads to a single system failure.   In the case of a single system failure the aircraft will remain in normal law so all the associated protections are available. Certain flight controls will be affected based on which system has failed but ultimately Aileron, elevator and Rudder control surfaces will remain powered so controlling the aircraft will be convent
12/12/201626 minutes 29 seconds
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TAP008: Flight Control Laws

Flight Control Laws The flight control law is basically the relationship between the pilot's input on the side stick and the resulting aircraft or flight control surface response. There are 3 flight control laws Normal Law, Alternate Law and Direct Law   As a general rule, normal law deals with single failures of a system and alternate law deals with double failures. Within Normal Law we have three sub categories, Ground Mode Flight Mode Flare Mode Ground Mode was designed to make the aircraft behave more naturally when rotating at liftoff. The relationship between the side stick and the aircrafts response is much more like a conven
05/12/201624 minutes 39 seconds
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TAP007: Pressurisation

This system is closely linked to the Air Conditioning system which we discussed back in episode 2. If you havent listened to it already it may be worth going back and listening to that first.   The main components. The system consists of: - Two Cabin Pressure Controllers (CPCs) - One Residual Pressure Control Unit (RPCU) (if fitted) - One outflow valve, with an actuator that incorporates three motors (two for automatic operation, one for manual operation) - One control panel - Two safety valves.   To work out the schedule, the current CPC uses the landing elevation and the QNH we've entered into the perf page of the FMGC, and the pressure altitude from ADIRS. If FMGC data isn't available, the controller uses the captain BARO reference from the ADIRS and the LDG ELEV selection from the overhead panel. The system follows a schedule for each flight which consists of four general functions: - Ground function:
29/11/201619 minutes 55 seconds
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TAP006: OEB48

What is OEB48? Well basically it's an Operations Engineering Bulletin that was issued by Airbus to all operators to cover the possibility of all AoA probes becoming "blocked" which could then cause the aircraft to go into unwanted protections.   FAC computes GW and sends it to the ELAC. FAC uses aerodynamic data to calculate and display characteristic speeds on the PFD ELAC computes activation of protections   The reason αprot decreases with mach number is due to two things, compressibility effect and critical mach number. Above about Mach 0.6, Calibrated Air Speed and Equivalent Air Speed diverge due to compressibility effects, meaning CAS over-reads compared to EAS. Airbus and most other aircraft PFDs show CAS on the airspeed tape, so at higher Mach numbers the Vls, aProt and aMax displayed must increase to compensate for the growing difference between EAS and CAS. The other effect is caused by increasing the Mach number i
21/11/201617 minutes 12 seconds
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TAP005: Our summer sims 2016

Every Summer when we both have our LOE simulator tests we will give you a run through of what we had and how we dealt with it.   The events Matt had were, - ACP 2 failure - FWC 1&2 fault - FCU 1&2 fault   The events Andy had were, - Auto thrust - ADR 1&2 - Direct law go around
14/11/201623 minutes 6 seconds
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TAP004: AirAsia Accident

This week we look at the Air Asia accident where the crew ended up loosing control of the aircraft at high altitude. We've saved you the effort of looking at the 200+ page report but if you wish to read it fully yourself then you can download it by going to the following link,   The episode has the details of the event but below are some points to take away from this event. We can’t prevent external factors like a dodgy solder joint or engineers not fixing an issue but we can minimise those effects on our flight and, as we've already mentioned, there are some fundamental rules which if the crew had followed this accident wouldn't have happened.  follow SOPs and use standard phraseology Never do a reset thats not in the QRH unless specifically told to by engineers. Discuss issues between you and use a structure like DODAR or GRADE Improve our know
04/11/201632 minutes 30 seconds
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TAP003: Hydraulics

This week we take a look at the hydraulic systems we have on board and the best way to remember them. The basics - The A320 has 3 independent, hydraulic systems. Green, Blue and Yellow. Each system has its own hydraulic fluid reservoir and all three of these reservoirs are automatically pressurised by bleed air from engine 1. If the bleed pressure is too low from engine 1, the system will automatically take air from the cross bleed duct.  The systems normally operate at around 3000psi A power transfer unit, commonly referred to as the PTU, enables the yellow system to pressurize the green system and vice versa. This allows the green system to be pressurised by the yellow system when no engines are running via the yellow electric pump. The power transfer unit comes into action automatically when the differential pressure between the green and the yellow systems is greater than 500 psi. The PTU does not transfer actual fluid between the green and yellow system, it
22/10/201612 minutes 59 seconds
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TAP002: The Air Conditioning System

In this episode we take a look at air conditioning. Here's our summary of the flow from engine to outlet vent. On each side of the system, the bleed air leaves the engine and passes through the pack control valve and into the mixer unit. As the name suggests, it's then mixed with recirculated air from the cabin. The air leaves the mixer unit and before entering either the cabin or the cockpit, trim air valves add hot air to make it the correct temperature. This is hot bleed air which is tapped off just before it enters the packs. The Reference for this is FCOM-DSC-21-10   The scenario of the week Dispatch with AIR PACK 1 inop In the Cruise you get AIR Pack 2 OVHT   Leave your comments below and make sure you visit
10/09/201622 minutes 2 seconds
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TAP001: Intro and Airbus' Golden Rules for Pilots

Welcome to the first ever A320 Podcast. It's just a short version this week to introduce ourselves and give you an idea of what you can expect from us each week. Find lots more information at We hope to help new and experienced pilots with studying and revising for type ratings, simulator checks or promotions. Tell as many colleagues and friends about us as possible so we can grow and create a worldwide community of great airbus pilots.   Show Notes The Golden Rules for Pilots - FCTM_OP-010_Introduction 1. Fly, Navigate, Communicate Fly - this is referring to keeping the aircraft safely within its flight envelope and making sure the pitch, ba
19/08/201612 minutes 24 seconds