A318 - Steep Approach Spoilers

A318 - Steep Approach Spoilers

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The British Airways Airbus A318 has additional spoilers on each wing to assist with its steep approach into EGLC.

In the overhead panel of the A318’s cockpit, Airbus has fitted a simple ‘steep approach switch’ in the slot reserved for the ‘N1 mode’ thrust-control switch on International Aero Engines V2500-powered A320s. The slot is free because the V2500 is not an option on A318s.

Arming the switch will place the A318 into steep-approach mode as the approach spoiler is deployed, as long as the flaps are fully extended and the landing-gear down, raising the outboard spoilers, numbers 3 and 4, to 30°.

I stress these are different to the ‘flight spoilers’ - I feel that this would be a fantastic addition to the A318 model to assist us with that famously tricky London City approach!


This fantastic video offers a bit more clarity around how the approach spoiler is used:


A short guide on how to perform that steep EGLC approach using the current in-game flight spoilers:

Credits

Photo: Fabian Schütz @fabian_schuetz

Very cool and Interesting! Wish I had more votes though.

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Hi there! The video doesn’t work. Any way I can get around it i.e search the name on YouTube?

Thanks

Unfortunately, I am out fo votes. However, I really enjoyed reading this and watching the video. You learn new things every day! Thanks @LouDon!

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Interesting feature… thank you for providing us with all this information!

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Wow, how was this not added in the first place. It would be great to have!

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Embraer offers this on the E-190 also for EGLC. None of the ones I flew had it but I’m sure it helps! On the E-Jet family you can’t use the spoilers beyond flaps 1 and that thing does not like to slow down!

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let’s go for it !!! yes !

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if you just search into youtube “British Airways A318 steep approach london city” there should be a video done by the british airways channel. funnily enough i had just watched it now, then opened this thread :)

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What an idea! I would love to see this.

This Feature would be on IF to make it more realistic, wish I could vote for this awesome feature but I’m out of votes.

Are you sure it physically has additional spoilers? I thought it was a change to the flight logic software, and a couple of switches.

Anyway it would be nice to see this implemented somehow, I usually just fly with the spoilers fully deployed and it really does help keep the speed down.