I was asked about "how" the thrust levers worked in manual. I think the confusion lies in the detents on the quadrant.
In auto, we position the power by placing the thrust levers in a particular detent depending upon the phase of flight. The detents on the A330 thrust quadrant are:
O: At the aft stop. Idle, where reverse thrust can be pulled up.
CL: Climb. Used for Climb and Cruise.
FLX / MCT: Flex or Derated Power and Max Continuous Thrust. Used for takeoff with a derated power setting, or if we lost an engine.
TO / GA: Maximum Takeoff Power and Go Around. Used for a max power takeoff and a go-around.
The mystery of the thrust levers in manual is no mystery.
When in manual, they operate exactly like any other jet. The power increases as you move them forward, and reduces when you bring them aft. They do, however, send electronic information to the engines.
The real mystery of the thrust on the A330 is how it operates in Auto. That is a lesson for another day because I am in Paris... and need a nap before I head out on the town.
I took this picture out the van window, two blocks away, and tonight I will see her lit up.
A strike is on in France... riots, burning.... and some planes are not getting out because they can't get fuel. We carried enough in, in the event the crew taking our plane out needed to fly somewhere to fuel up before heading home. I'm not sure what we'll see tonight. The city is very quiet this morning... except for the sirens in the distance.
Enjoy the Journey!