So I’m cruising along to KLAX on the HLWD1 STAR. I prep the MCDU with approach data and dial in a lower altitude on the FCU for the first descent restriction of 17,000. I don’t touch the altitude knob. Moments later the A320, on it’s own, starts a descent and goes into DES mode.
Wrong. This is an Airbus, not a Boeing. That is a HUGE fundamental error. You have to PUSH or PULL the altitude knob to get the Airbus to descend. It does not do it on its own like a Boeing.
Honestly though, the VNAV has gotten MUCH better from Alpha. Arrivals into KLAX from the East are pretty complex with restrictions in altitudes all the way down. So far, the A320 is hitting them all very well.
Still some work to do but good progress.