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Based in France, and with significant activity across Europe, the company produces approximately half of the world's jet airliners.

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Are thrust levers synchronized by default when pushed/pulled?

When I watched this video about the last flight of Juergen "J.R." Raps from SFO to FRA in an A380 (before his retirement) I noticed he lines up or synchronizes the four thrust levers as shown between ...
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What sort of sensors are used for sensing the positions of the control surfaces for the ECAM F/CTL page on Airbus aircraft?

During the pre-flight flight-controls-check how does the ECAM F/CTL page report on the actual positions of the control surfaces? What sort of sensors are these? Is it a proximity sensor? This is ...
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Could modern unmodified Airbus aircraft be used for zero-G flight?

ESA operates a mostly-stock A310 for their zero-G science flights, which doesn't have the flight envelope protection of more modern planes. Even then, a third pilot is required to monitor warnings to ...
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Why did Boeing keep using yokes while Airbus moved on to sidestick?

The first Airbus had yokes but they changed to the sidesticks after a while But Boeing is still stuck with yokes even with 777-300ER decades later. The sole purpose of the yokes are seemingly for the ...
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Using aluminium busbar/cables in an aircraft instead of copper [duplicate]

I have just found out Airbus uses aluminium wiring in the A380 to save weight. However, I didn't see anything about whether all the wiring is aluminium, or if copper wiring is also used. What is the ...
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Sukhoi Superjet 100 avionics

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 features flight control system with characteristics copied from Airbus. Side-sticks, same control laws. But does it actually use any of the hardware or software from Airbus (...
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What is the reason for setting flaps 1 on the ground at high temperatures?

Yesterday I've seen an A320 standing at the gate with flaps 1. While this question answers, why the flaps should be up, is there any reason to retract the flaps to 1 instead of up? In addition it ...
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A320/321 FMA indications with Both Flight Director Channel Failed

I hope that someone can answer my question. My friend had “FD 1+2 Failure” in simulator during the low visibility approach. Flight Directors on PFD disappeared, but no FMA change and no approach ...
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Are there surveillance cameras in aircraft cargo bays?

I've heard that there are cameras on the fuselage and wings of some passenger aircraft. Is there a similar surveillance system in-built at the cargo bay/compartment of a passenger aircraft? During ...
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How to become pilot in India with lack of money

Hello I am from India currently I am in class 12 pursuing PCM and want to become a commercial pilot but belong to a middle class family how can I pursue my dream. I can't afford course of 60 - 80lacs.
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How to disable GPWS in a 737NG just like how the Airbus can?

The Airbus planes have a feature where the GPWS can be disabled. But I cannot find any switch in the 737NG cockpit to disable the GPWS.
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For length in aircraft design, and in weight and balance manuals, what measurement unit does Airbus use?

What length measurement unit does Airbus use for aircraft design and in their weight and balance manuals? Meters or centimeters? Possibly they use both like Boeing does for, say, feet plus inches for ...
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What's the difference between setting auto brakes to MAX vs. RTO in Boeing Aircraft?

On Airbus aircraft, before taxiing and before take off, pilots turn auto brakes to MAX. But on Boeing aircraft, they will set auto brakes to RTO. Why does Boeing not use auto brakes MAX instead of ...
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Are the Boeing MCAS and Airbus Alpha Protection systems the same?

I have a little question concerning MCAS from Boeing and Alpha Protection from Airbus. I think these two systems are the same, if I'm wrong please tell me. If the two 737 MAX crashed because of the ...
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Can you fly the plane manually without disengaging autopilot?

Let's say you are engaged a Boeing 777 with autopilot on and you bank or pitch. Will the plane respond?. If so. will the plane try to return to its parameters once you quit handling the controls?. ...
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Why are aircraft parts built in different places and assembled in one?

Airbus has its manufacturing facilities in Spain, France, Great Britain and Germany. Each country produces different parts of the aircraft and is finally assembled in one place. Why is this? Wouldn't ...
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What is the acceptable position of the brake wear indication for A320?

What is the acceptable position of the brake wear indication (PIN) for an A320 to be safely dispatchable?
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What backup systems are in place for flaps actuated by sliding block guides?

Looking at this video of a 737's flap extension, it looks like there is just one screw per side driving all of the flaps. Are there any systems in place that will allow the flaps to extend in the ...
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Where are the black triangle'd seats? [duplicate]

There are two windows marked with a black triangle, which indicate that they provide the best view for the wing, when the crew needs visual. Since A320s are probably the most popular birds out there ...
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How does the Pseudo-Satellite Zephyr land?

I don't see how the Airbus Pseudo-Satellite Zephyr solar plane can land safely. It this video, it is "thrown" to take off, but no gear or something similar is visible. Will it just land on its belly? ...
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Is there a significant difference between the jet blast from Airbus and Boeing?

I am looking up for jet blast data and there are not much information in the net. One of the main references I can found are the Airport Planning of each aircraft. From these can be obtained that the ...
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Is fuel balancing done automatically?

Is the balacing of the fuel in the wings of an aircraft like A320 done automatically or does it have to be done manually by the pilot. If it is done manually does the pilot eyeball the balancing ?
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What are these small propellers in the A330 MRTT's wings?

In actual flight there are small propellers rotating at the front of these "pillars". What are they? They are visible in this video.
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Need Airbus A380 model in .xml format [closed]

i am looking for Airbus A380 aircraft model in xml language/ format. Can anyone provide? Or share the xml code?
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What does M mean in A400M Atlas?

Atlas was the guy in Greek mythology that was literally carrying the world/planet in his shoulders. But was does "M" mean? Military? That's a guess, though...
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Is Function Item Number the same as part number but for components?

I found in the Airbus AMM in the Component Location section the acronym FIN (Function Item Number) and I wonder if it's Airbus way to refer to a part number that is not an expendable part (They use P/...
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What has Airbus done to address the dual input issue?

There have been a couple of fatal incidents involving Airbus aircraft, namely Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501 and Air France Flight 447, that could have been prevented had the captains orders / input ...
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What‘s the diameter of the engines of the Airbus E-Fan?

does somebody know the diameter of the E-Fan‘s engines ? To me the look like around 80cm or what do you think ? Also, with more and wider blades and 60 kW motors instead of 30 couldn‘t they get much ...
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How much does it cost to install ULD loading systems on A320?

If an Airbus A320 transports bulk cargo and doesn't have a roller track system for ULDs, how much would it cost to install the roller track system to be able to work with ULDs? What is the estimated ...
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Were Airbus planes always fly-by-wire?

So, as most of you know, Airbus has adopted fly-by-wire (fbw) technology. Pretty much every single plane made by Airbus is a fbw plane. So I was wondering, before computers were everywhere, did Airbus ...
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Is it allowed / legal to produce a Type Rating CBT without the manufacturer's permission?

Pelesys, Navcon, Flyco, CPAT Global - just to name a few companies - all provide and sell various aircraft Computer Based Training Programs. Is it allowed / legal to program and sell products that ...
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How does the radio altimeter reading change with the bank angle?

How does the radio altimeter reading change with the bank angle? Following example: Let's say, we're flying at 1000' AGL and a bank angle of 0° above a endless flat surface. The radio altimeter shows ...
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Did Airbus bring back LAF (Load Alleviation Function) on A320s with Sharklets?

I have heard that the A320 no longer has LAF (Load Alleviation Function) except for really old ones, but I also heard that A320s with Sharkelts do have LAF. So is it true that Airbus got rid of LAF on ...
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Why Airbus A220 if A320 already exists?

Airbus just presented its new A220 aircraft, formerly the "old" Bombardier CSeries, that is re-branded after a 50.01% acquistion of Bombardier by Airbus. It's an aircraft very similar in target and ...
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What are packs on aircraft?

I've been watching YouTube videos and when they're going through the checklist they say "packs off" can anyone elaborate?
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How do Airbus planes flare in normal operation?

In reading the reports and Sully's comments regarding the flight that was ditched in the famous events of US Airways Flight 1549, I am wondering how the Airbus control system works to flare an ...
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Why don't the A380 and A350 have trim wheels?

(wikimedia.org) A350 thrust levers without the flanking trim wheels. Why don't the Airbus A380 and A350 have trim wheels? On the other fly-by-wire Airbus aircraft the trim wheels are there for ...
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What are the numbers in boxes on an A320 ND when terrain is shown?

When the TERR On ND button is pressed on the Airbus A320 Cockpit, the TERR information apears on the ND, and 2 boxes in yellow appear. What do the numbers 146 and 073 mean respectively?
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A couple of questions about Aeroflot flight 593 [duplicate]

So I recently heard about Aeroflot flight 593 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aeroflot_Flight_593 And I know the cause is because of pilot error or what ever you would like to call that but I have a ...
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How are the NEO LEAP-1A engines attached on the A320?

How many bolts hold the NEO LEAP-1A engine to the pylon at the forward mount and at the aft mount?
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Delta fleet plans - all Airbus? (and Bombardier) [closed]

With Delta ordering A321neos and C-Series not 737 Max 10s, A339s, A359s instead of 789's, might Delta be on their way to an all-Airbus fleet? Or going away from Boeing? Was the 737 Max vs A321neo ...
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How could this weird shaped aircraft Airbus Beluga fly only with two engines and use short runways?

More than that! She could land and take off fully loaded on 2000 meters of runway at Hawarden Airport as seen here in this video. At my local airport the runway is 2500 meters long and an Airbus A300 ...
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Where do I find the Weight Variants of an Airbus aircraft?

Where do I find the Weight Variants (WV) of an Airbus aircraft?
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Do Airbus aircraft fitted with ACT have additional fuel system controls?

Do Airbus aircraft fitted with ACT (Additional Center Tank) have a push button that controls the fuel transfer to the main center tank? If yes, where is it located?
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Is the Airbus Beluga's safety record comparable with the record of other Airbuses?

Upon first sight, to the uneducated eye, the Airbus Beluga looks incredibly 'un-aerodynamic'. Is the Beluga just as safe as other Airbus models?
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What documentation do Airbus/Boeing supply at initial delivery of an aircraft?

What are the Aircraft Documents supplied by Boeing and/or Airbus at first delivery? Do they supply Form 8130 or Certificates of Compliance for every part? Or is the AIR/ARL all that is supplied?
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Why does Airbus continue with the A330-800neo despite only having 6 orders?

Airbus rolled out the first Airbus A330-800neo out of the paint shop last week (see press release). Until now, this type has only six orders by one airline (U.S. Hawaiian Airlines, who switched ...
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What are the benefits of using thick trailing edge flaps?

I had been reading in numerous articles (see this answer and this one) that there are advantages of using thick trailing edge flaps. In these articles it kept on coming up that Airbus uses thick ...
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What are the main components of the Airbus fly-by-wire system? Is ECAM related to FBW?

I'm assuming that all commercial Airbus planes use a similar, if not identical, system. Can someone give me an overview of the parts of the Airbus fly-by-wire system? I've also heard of ECAM. Is ECAM ...
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Airbus control architecture - where does the actual autopilot live?

I'd like to ask for confirmation about the A320 (and, generally, Airbus family) control architecture. The book Aircraft Systems provides the following overview of A3XX computing architectures: ...