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Airbus is to fly-by-wire as Boeing is to…? [duplicate]

If the control system in an Airbus is fly-by-wire, then what is the control system in Boeings? How does it work? What are its general differences from the fly-by-wire?
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How can I tell apart an Airbus from a Boeing?

When looking at an airplane, what are the main external features I should look at if I want to determine if it is an Airbus or a Boeing (shape of the tail, fuselage, winglets, wings, etc.)? Same ...
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How, exactly, did US1549 land on the Hudson?

A comment by @AsheeshR says: The Hudson River Landing was due to a combination of piloting skill and an autopilot system that was engaged right till impact and kept the plane in a controlled ...
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Could the Boeing 787-9 near vertical takeoff demonstration be performed by Airbus A350 aircraft?

I am an aviation enthusiast. A couple of months back I came to know about the difference between piloting Boeing and Airbus planes here. What are the main differences piloting Boeing vs. Airbus ...
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How is the pressure difference in passenger plane toilets generated?

The toilets on passenger planes flush with an impressive amount of force - Is the negative pressure inside the tanks generated by a pump or are the tanks connected to the outside air pressure? ...
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If a commercial airliner enters into a spin at high altitude, is it possible to recover?

Often flying I have this fear, that something will snap, and the plane will start plunging to the ground in a spin. My question is, once a passenger aircraft (e.g. an A320) goes into a spin, can the ...
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How does envelope protection work in Airbus vs. Boeing aircraft?

I keep reading this thing that "On Airbus the computer overrules the pilot, not on Boeing". Smells like urban myth or at least gross oversimplification. How does envelope protection work differently ...
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Can you disengage A320 autopilot with stick pressure?

I was recently reading that in most military jets, auto-pilot can disengaged without hitting the button, by applying 5lbs of pressure to sticks. Does this work in commercial airliners such as the ...
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Would a large airliner such as a 747 or an A380 survive an inversion? [duplicate]

Could any large airliner or GA aircraft survive a horizontal roll? Or would a large aircraft break up from structural damage?
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Does the pilot still have final control authority on modern Boeing airplanes?

In this answer it is said that Boeing (contrary to Airbus) gives final authority to pilots, but the example is about a 747-100(SP). This answer states, that modern Boeings have have a lot of fly-by-...
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In modern commercial aircraft, is it possible for pilot inputs to exceed the tolerable structural loads?

It seems that modern fly by wire systems should / could limit pilot inputs to prevent structural damage. For example, American Airlines 587: From the NTSB report of the accident: The ...