When on ground with APU bleed on and both engines off I have noticed a number of times that the pack flow isn't at the HIGH setting why?

As per the FCOM it states that when APU bleed is on the PACK FLOW automatically goes to the HIGH position regardless of the PACK FLOW selector position. But a number of times I have noticed on the BLEED SD it doesn't indicate HI even though both PACKS are on why? Is there any reason for this or some system particularly I don't understand?


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From FCOM ยง Air Conditioning - Controls and Indicators (emphasis mine):

The pack flow indication can be up to 30% below the actual flow rate.

That's why the needle may not be at the HI position. LO to HI is 80โ€“120%, with normal being 100%.

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The sensor responsible for sending this data is the delta P (differential pressure) sensor at the inlet of the FCV (flow control valve). The quote from the FCOM can only mean it's not designed for a precise reading, but only an indicative reading.

  • $\begingroup$ Ahh okay i had read this line but there isn't a clear connection in the FCOM stating that this is the reason. One side it just says with single pack operation or with APU bleed supply the pack flow goes to HIGH regardless of the selectors position. Thank you for clarifying this point that this the reason ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Œ $\endgroup$
    – Jai
    Commented Feb 16, 2018 at 10:09
  • $\begingroup$ @Jai - yes it runs in HI but may indicate lower than HI. $\endgroup$
    – user14897
    Commented Feb 16, 2018 at 11:33

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