QUOTE(trijetflyermd11 @ Oct 30 2009, 06:08 AM)
I've missed a reporting point...
Done the same, but in a slow King Air over the Gulf of Mexico. Of course, all we had on board was DC-3 era avionics. The good thing was that there is no radar coverage to "grade" me.
Does the A320 have any such thing as a VNAV alarm? Even in the planes I fly now with all this GPS technology, VNAV tells me when to start a descent when programmed with the rate of descent I'm planning. But, I have to frequently spot check it to know when to make my descent request. I would think that any Airbus variety would offer a means, avionics wise, to let the crew know that, "1. You're flying to Minneapolis, you're at FL350 and you'd like to descend at 2000 FPM, so I'll let you know when that scenario happens. 2. You then work with ATC to make it happen. Give or take."
Apparently not. Or the crew didn't employ it.
This VNAV technology is nice, but I am still mostly using my old-school means of starting down. Simple math. But that VNAV function has me slowly, but surely moving into relying on it. Always works out, depending on the runway. Makes for a good cross-check option.
Still wish I had an option for a lav, and/or galley that you sched folks have...