A318 - Steep Approach Spoilers
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:
Photo: Fabian Schütz @fabian_schuetz