Hey everybody! I have a strange phenomenon that’s appeared in the A320 recently: The plane is pitching downward just prior to touchdown despite A/P off. I’ve been flying around the world using primarily this plane (tonight was flight 32 of 36, so I’m not completely unfamiliar with the aircraft!), and all of my landings have pretty much been exactly the same process.
Unless weather has prevented it, I typically fly with A/P on, APPR activated until I’ve been cleared to land and then I’ll disable the A/P entirely and hand-fly it the rest of the way. For whatever reason, the plane responds just fine from this point until it’s roughly 30-60ft above the ground. Early in my trip I would simply pull back a bit to flare, cut the throttle, and it would touch down without issue. Now, when I’d normally pull back to flare, the plane noses down as if it’s aiming for a specific AoA at touchdown, even though I have some back-pressure on the stick. Tonight I intentionally flew the plane down with a much steeper nose-up angle to see if it did it again, and it was like something took over and pushed the stick forward just prior to touchdown.
I’ve checked all assists and nothing is on that would be taking over for landing, my flight stick isn’t providing any random input that would do this, and I’m pretty much at a loss. I haven’t tried this in any other plane so I don’t know if it’s sim-wide or simply limited to this plane, but it’s extremely obvious. Is this a feature with the plane that I’m just noticing, or is this a new issue that’s appeared recently?
Thanks for your time!