An A300F landing
Flightdeck (originaly from the A300-600ST)
|Author(s)||Airbus330, Toryx, Pierre Duval|
This aircraft is in develoment by Airbus330
The Airbus A300-600 is a medium- to long-range twin-engine widebody jet airliner. Entering Service in 1983, it was a significant upgrade of the A300B, the first aircraft created by Airbus, the consortium of European aerospace companies, which is now amalgamated into one company, Airbus Group. The A300-600 has the same fuselage as the original A300, the first twin-engined widebody airliner, but uses A310 tail section and engines. Other differences include using wingtip fences and a two-crew (first ever), glass cockpit.
To use the Autopilot, it is recommended to set your target vertical speed, altitude and speed while taxiing, these can be set using the knobs on the glare shield, or by using the dialog box. After takeoff turn on the AP master switch, this engages V/S mode and a basic "Wing leveler". The HOLD button engages Heading mode and sets the the target heading to your current heading (so it is useless to preset a heading value). Note that if the LVL/CH light is on V/S mode is not necessarily engaged, it also comes on when ever the AP is climbing or Descending.
Also note that V/S mode does not currently disengage when you reach your target altitude, so you need to watch that.
Autothrust is pretty standard, the A/THR button toggles the function, and the knob sets target speed.
The landing system is a little different in the A300, what would normally be LOC mode is called V/L. Pressing V/L will engage Nav1 Localizer hold and the LAND button engages Glideslope hold. Also note that LAND mode will not climb so engaging LAND mode while still under the G/S is safe :)