5.6. Descent Procedures

[In this section insert the details of the descent procedure (or procedures if there is a choice of more than one) for your type of aircraft and the attendant crew coordination.]

  1. General - The use of all three types of descent profiles described in the flight manual are approved for normal use. In most cases a type 2 profile will be most advantageous. This information must be used with the guidance provided in the sections that discuss Approach Procedures.

    [The specific procedures for descending through FL100/10000 ASL will vary depending on your operation. Notifying the FA that the aircraft has descended through 10,000 ft unpressurized is not a requirement, but is probably a good idea. The following example is for a pressurized aircraft.]

  2. FL100/10000 ASL - Upon descending through FL100/10000 ASL the following crew coordination actions and calls shall be carried out.
  3. Interrupted Descent - It will sometimes be necessary to interrupt the descent for traffic, weather, or other reasons. Regardless of the anticipated duration of the interrupted descent sufficient power is to be set to maintain sufficient speed during level flight. The approximate power setting to be used shall be briefed by the PF. Speed limitations in controlled airspace may be found in the AIP. For an extended interruption in descent, the aircraft should be set to cruise configuration until descent is continued.
Table 5-1 Descent Through FL100/10000 ASL Procedure and Crew Coordination
Descending through FL100/10000 ASL confirm the altitude alert and flight guidance settings:
  • Call "Through 10000 (or FL100) for target altitude (ie,. 8000 or FL080), Altitude Select."
Confirm the altitude alert and flight guidance settings, turn on the landing and taxi lights, check pressurization is functioning, respond:
  • "Check, Lights OFF, Pressurization Checked."


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