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If you disconnect an IDG in flight can it be reconnected?

  • No requires maintenance action on the ground to reconnect


Generator DRIVE light illuminates?

  • Oil temp is high or:
  • Oil press is low



  • External power is plugged in and power quality is acceptable


ISLN light illuminates on the bus tie breaker?

  • Fault has occurred automatically opening the AC bus tie breaker or:
  • AC bus tie switch is OFF



  • Utility and galley buses are unpowered


How can an IDG be disconnected from the buses?

  • By pushing the GEN CONT switch to off or:
  • By selecting EXT PWR prior to ENG shutdown


What does the EICAS MSG L or R GEN DRIVE and the DRIVE light indicate and what should be done?

  • High oil temp or: 
  • Low oil press
  • The DRIVE can be disconnected but can not be deselected by flight crew


Indication that EXT PWR is powering the main buses?

  • ON light illuminates


What is the source order for powering the LEFT and RIGHT main buses?

  • Respective IDG
  • Opposite IDG


How is the Battery bus powered?

  • Main Battery: if no electrical power and BAT switch ON
  • After establishing ELEC power: Left DC system, Main BAT provides a backup source of power


During an Autoland what happens with the electrical system?

  • Buses isolate to allow 3 independent sources to power three autopilots
  • LEFT main system powers: left autopilot and captains flight instrument transfer bus
  • RIGHT main system powers: Right A/P and FO's flight instrument transfer bus
  • BATERY/STANDBY system powers: Centre A/P


Autoland ABV 200ft, loss of Generator results in?

  • Both Tie breakers close
  • Operating GEN powers L&R AC buses
  • LEFT main AC system powers centre A/P
  • NO LAND 3 appears on the Autoland status annunciator


Below 200ft loss of a Generator results in?

  • Both tie breakers remaining open
  • A/P associated with a failed GEN is unpowered
  • Flight instruments remain powered through the flight instrument transfer buses
  • Auto-land continues using the remaining 2 A/P


What gets shed first in Electrical load shedding

  • Galleys then Utility buses


AC Transfer buses?

  • Left and right AC transfer busses power items considered necessary for ETOPS flights, which are not powered by the battery/standby system
  • Transfer busses are normally powered by their associated main AC busses, but also can be powered by the Hydraulic Driven Generator when both AC busses are unpowered


Examples of load shedding that may be observed during normal operations include:

  • An electric hydraulic pump prior to engine start
  • Center tank fuel pumps prior to engine start
  • Utility busses during engine start


Examples of load shedding that may be observed during non normal operations include?

  • Utility busses after a generator failure
  • Center tank fuel pump after an engine failure
  • Cabin ceiling lights after an engine failure


How does the system produce DC power?

  • By TRU's powered by the main AC buses


The Battery/Standby Power System consists of the following busses:

  • Hot battery bus
  • Battery bus
  • Standby AC bus
  • Standby DC bus


If all power is lost what powers the IRS and how long for?

  • HDG Installed: standby power to the right IRS is limited to 5 minutes to save battery power
  • HDG not installed: standby power to the LEFT and CENTER IRS is limited


What does the Hydraulic Drive Generator do and when does it automatically activate?

  • Activates automatically when both left & right AC buses are unpowered
  • HDG is powered from the Center system and ADP runs automatically to ensure adequate pressure
  • Provides AC power to:
    • AC transfer bus (L/R)
    • AC standby bus (through left AC transfer bus)
    • Captains flight instrument transfer bus
  • Provides DC power to:
    • Hot battery bus
    • Battery Bus
    • Standby DC bus