¡Attention! This article is under construction.
Information here can be consulted but must not be taken as a preparation
material for any exam or training.
A flight must always be performed within the normal operational envelope
of the aircraft.
Pilots should know by hard the most important limitations which must
never be violated with a few exceptions when the situations demands it.
In this document you'll find helpful information with some of the most
important limitations applicable to Airbus 320-214 with CFM/IAE
engines (well know as CEOs) and A320-271 with PW engines (well known as
Bear in mind that there could be some differences among the A320s, and
they may vary depending on several factors such as, for example, type of
engine. Check your own aircraft manuals for actual and more accurate
Max RWY altitude: 9200ft
Nominal RWY width: 45mt
Minimal RWY width: 30mt
Max demonstrated Take-Off/Landing crosswind: 38kt including gust
Note: this is not an AFM limitation. It's the maximum experienced
crosswind during certification.
Max Take-off/Landing tailwind: 10kt (15kt in some aircrafts.
See your manual for more accurate info)
Max recommended crosswind component on contaminated RWY: 15kt
(Braking action Poor)
Take-off limitations on contaminated RWY:
Not recommended on RWYs covered with Wet ice, Water on top of
Compacted Snow, Dry Snow or Wet Snow over Ice.
Flap Lever Position Indication on Upper ECAM Max Speed Flight Phase
0 VMO/MMO Cruise
1 1 230kt Holding
1 1+F 215kt Take-off
2 2 200kt Take-off
3 3 185kt Landing
FULL FULL 177kt Landing
Limitations here may very depending on the operators configurations.
'''These are applicable to Weight Variant 010 (WV010) mostly for
CEOs, and WV052 mostly for NEOs '''.
Weight and Aircraft variant Max Taxi Weight Max T/O weight (MTOW) Max Landing Weight (MLW) Max Zero Fuel Weight (MZFW) Minimum Weight
CEOs (WV010) 77400kg 77000kg 64500kg 61000 37230
NEOs (WV052) 77400kg 77000kg 66300kg 62800 40300
In some exceptional cases (immediate inflight return or diversion),
landing can be performed above MLW provided pilots follow the OVERWEIGHT
Note: The Table above is just a reference for many A320s. Check your
manual for more accurate information
Don't use APU bleed with HP air start unit at the same time. This may
cause an adverse effect in the Bleed Air System
On ground, limit the use of electrical power supply according to table
OAT IN oC TIME
OAT �?� 49 °C NO LIMITATION
49 °C < OAT �?� 55 °C 2 hours
55 °C < OAT �?� 60 °C 1 hour
60 °C < OAT �?� 64 °C 1/2 hour
Do not use conditioned air from the packs and from the LP Air
Conditioning Unit at the same time. This may cause adverse effects on
the Air Conditioning system.
The autopilot can be used with the following minimum values:
May be used after take-off if:
May be used in terminal areas if:
NAVAIDS approaches can be performed in NAV, APP NAV of FINAL APP with
A/P or F/D engaged if:
RNAV RNP approaches different from GNSS can be performed without GPS
primary, only if:
RNAV GNSS approaches may be performed only if GPS PRIMAY is
available (Refer to Perform a LNAV/VNAV approach
Approved, for CAT II and CAT III fail passive autoland, typically in
configuration 3 and FULL, and if engine-out procedures are completed
before reaching 1 000 ft in approach.
These are the most typical values. Check your manual for more accurate
A320 VARIANT HEADWIND CROSSWIND TAILWIND
CEO 30kt 20kt 10kt
CEO + Sharklets 30kt 20kt (15kt for automatic rollout) 10kt
NEO 30kt 20kt (15kt for automatic rollout with one engine inop) 10kt
If ATC reports wind conditions that are beyond limitations,
only CAT I automatic approach without Autoland can be performed.
Note: Automatic Rollout is approved only in dry or wet runways. It
has not been demonstrated on contaminated runways.
Autoland is not permitted above maximum landing weight.
After three consecutive APU start attempts, pilots must wait 60 min
before a new start attempt.
Note: these are the most common EGT limits. Check your manual for more