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Egbert Drenth

Timing 'MA Altitude not set'...

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Hi,

 

On the (final) approach the FO is calling 'Missed Approach altitude not set.'

He does this before the GS is actually captured and therefor he always will make the call.

 

As far as I know, the MA altitude should be set at the moment the GS is captured (i.e. not when GS becomes alive).
Before capturing the GS, the aircraft may still be in vertical speed descent so fiddling with the MCP altitude is not a wise idea.

Also sometimes the GS is captured from above (happens a lot at EHAM)

 

Please advice

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The FO will make that call at the FAF or Outer Marker.

 

That's the way do it at the airline we modeled.

 

Treat the call for what it is: namely, an advisory.  Just because he says it's not set, it doesn't mean it has to be set right then and there.

 

Cheers,

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