Questions tagged [airbus-a320]

The Airbus A320 family is a series of twin-engine, single-aisle passenger jets produced from 1986-present. Different versions can typically carry from 107 to 220 passengers.

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What is the specific consumption of an A320 at Mach 0.78 and 11,000 metre altitude? [duplicate]

I am currently doing a dissertation on an electric drive system on planes and I need help. I can't find the specific fuel burn rate for an Airbus A320; if anyone could help it would be great. Also a ...
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Why was the “Dispatch Reliability” of the A320 “low” during its first years?

I found the following Statement on the German Wikipedia page about the A320 family of aircrafts. Nach erheblichen Schwierigkeiten in den Anfangsjahren erreicht die A320-Familie mittlerweile eine ...
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Where is pure outside static air pressure indication on A320?

I'm looking for the indication of the outside static air pressure in the cockpit. Where is it located? One of the ECAM pages? Thanks!
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How much N1 difference between two engines are acceptable?

While I was flying with 10+ year Airbus 320, IAE engine with EPR, I saw a constant difference between N1 parameters around 2%. I checked the Engine Hours and Engine Cycles that they are almost the ...
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What is the range difference between LEAP and PW1000 powered A320 and A321 NEOs?

Mounted on the same aircraft, PW 1000G and CFM LEAP are two very different engines, with different performances, that should have an impact on range. And we know range is a very important aircraft ...
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Which engines do airliners start first?

I noticed many planes, especially Boeings (correct me if I'm wrong anywhere), start engine "2" first and shut down engine "2" last. However, I was watching an Airbus A350 cockpit video when I ...
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Where to find general A320 E&E Compartment Information?

I'm student in electrical engineering and write my thesis on some topic of the e&e compartment. The main focus is on the computers of the A320 flightcraft, actually called E&E Compartment. ...
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Can the overwing exit slide be used when ditching in an A320?

I want to ask if an overwing exit slide in an Airbus A320 can be opened at all when landing or ditching. Is the exit still usable? Or it is blocked and we have to move the passenger to another one? ...
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Why does A320 Main Wheel need to be tightened 3 times during installation?

I have another question related to maintenance practices. During replacing MLG wheel of A320, it is said that we need to tighten the wheel nut 3 times with different torque values. The first one has ...
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If we don't perform an ADIRS initialization as per SOP on the A320 what will happen in that case systems wise?

As part of the SOP in the FCOM of the A320 we have to perform an ADIRS initialization under the 4 condition as they have been listed and a fast alignment if the drift between IRS and FMGC position is ...
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Why do we have to check the speed brakes during GPWS memory items on an A320?

Just out of curiosity, I want to ask why do we have to check that the speed brakes lever is retracted during a GPWS (Ground Proximity Warning System) maneuver using the A320 memory items? It clearly ...
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What are the financial implications for Lufthansa (and other airlines) of keeping the back row of their A320neo free of passengers?

After the recent EASA airworthiness directive concerning the potential for weight and balance problems with the A320neo, Lufthansa announced it would no longer sell seats on the back row of those ...
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Why would there be airflow from the back of a TAT probe?

During walk-around checks, I occasionally find airflow coming out from the back of the TAT probes on the Airbus A320. I wonder if it's air to cool down the TATs as they are heated during flight for ...
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What is the white pattern on trim wheel for?

On a A320, there are white patterns spread regularly on the trim wheel (highlighted on the right of the picture). First I though it was to have visual feedback about THS (trimable horizontal plane) ...
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How does the power transfer unit in the A320 work? [duplicate]

As far as i know the function of a PTU is to power one hydraulic system (either green or yellow) that is experiencing low pressure driven by pressure from the other system which still has the normal ...
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What is the small openining on the bottom right of door 4R of an Airbus A321? [duplicate]

While observing taxiing A321 planes, I noticed that they had an open hatch-like opening on the bottom right of door 4R. I marked it here on a picture I found online. I could not locate it in the ...
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Why do we have to check that the fuel x feed is properly functioning before departing for an ETOPS flight on the A320?

In the A320 family series FCOM under the special operations procedure chapter it is mentioned that we have to check the fuel x feed on ground before departing. Any specific reason why we only check ...
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What are the maximum possible stabilizer and elevator deflections for the A320?

For research purposes I would like to know the maximum deflection angles (in both positive and negative direction) of the A320-200's stabilizer and elevator. I am trying to analyse what flight ...
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Why is IGN SYSTEM A FAULT dispatch a NO GO on the A320 for ETOPS?

In the A320 MEL if Ignition system A is under MEL the aircraft can't be dispatched for ETOPS. Why is it specifically restricted for ETOPS because even while conducting non ETOPS if we go into ...
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Why is FL398 the REC MAX altitude on the A320?

On the A320 PROG page and in our limitations the REC MAX/ MAX FL is listed as FL398. What is the reason behind this ?
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If ELAC 1 is under MEL why is it a NO GO item when carrying out EDTO on the A320?

In the MEL for the A320 it is mentioned that ELAC 1 is a NO GO if carrying out EDTO operations. Why is ELAC 1 specifically for EDTO? In that case shouldn't it be for non EDTO operations also. This ...
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What is more environmentally friendly? An A320 or a car?

Presuming the A320 is at least 80% full (of passengers) and comparing it to a typical road car with 2 people inside, which one is more environmentally friendly, per passenger mile? I have attempted ...
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What is this square hole for? [duplicate]

When waiting to depart Edinburgh today I noticed a square hole (looked to be something that can be opened and closed) on the rear of the right side of the aircraft. Never seen it before and no idea ...
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What's inside the packs? (Airbus a320)

I have some questions about ATA 21, how packs works?... I mean, what's inside them?, what are their mechanims? And How the warm air becomes into cold air?. (On a airbus A320) I'm starting my major at ...
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What is the difference between low energy warning and alpha floor in A320?

I am always confused between both of these two. I know both signals low speed or high AOA
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What is the relation of AIR BLEED IN message with the pack system on an Airbus A320?

Before the power-up, if the pack switches are set to the ON position and the aircraft is powered up with the APU bleed off, is there a chance that the AIR BLEED IN maintenance message comes up on ...
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What’s the purpose of the small “hole” in front of wing root on A320-214?

Someone knows what’s the purpose of this little “hole”?
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What is the average time and distance needed to reach cruising height?

I am trying to compare trains with airplanes and the distances where taking a train is more viable than an airplane. I guess this would depend on the type of plane, but the Airbus 320 seems like a ...
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Why cruise at 7000' in an A319?

I was on a flight from Philadelphia (KPHL) to Boston (KBOS), after some delay and some change of route due to weather, the captain announced that we will be cruising at 7000' due to delays in the area....
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Was this 'load-balancing' seat change refusal real? [duplicate]

On Sunday, I was on a flight in Greece, on a A320. I was sat just forward of the wings. Someone sat in the isle seat opposite me, asked if she could move to the back to sit with her friend, since the ...
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Placement of positioning lights on A320 winglets

I was flying with an A320-214 that had big winglets (I think they were called Sharklets). I noticed that the positioning lights were facing forward on the leading edge of the winglet (the "notch" in ...
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How will the alpha lock function intervene when performing a takeoff at heavy weights on the A320?

In the FCTM for the A320 family of aircraft's under the SOP Takeoff chapter it is mentioned that the alpha lock function can intervene when performing a takeoff at heavy weights. Can someone please ...
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Why is it appropriate to announce ‘stable’ on final approach?

I have recently discovered that a budget airlines flight deck in the UK (Airbus 320) announce ‘Stable’ on the final approach. Both the Captain and F.O, just after 500 ft is called out by the computer. ...
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How can the landing gear of an A320 be lowered in the event of a simultaneous hydraulic and electrical failure?

What is the process for lowering the landing gear of an A320 when the hydraulic and electrical systems are not operational? What happens to the aircraft when you lower the landing gear with ...
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What are those buttons pushed after thrust is set to max

If you see this video at 0:42 you will see both of the pilots pushed a button on the front panel. can someone tell what that is and what it does?
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Why is the speedbrakes rate of retraction 25 seconds when used at speeds greater than 315 knots/.75 Mach on the A320?

While I was routinely reading the FCOM normal procedures I came across a note with regard to the speedbrakes retraction time going up to 25 seconds when we use them at speeds at or over 315 knots / ....
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737 ACP GPWS volume control?

So, I was sitting in the front rows of an A320 and could obviously hear the AP disconnect. But I could not hear the GPWS altitude and RETARD callouts. I assume this is because the pilots set the GPWS ...
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Why is the 737 so low?

Why does the Boeing 737 sit so low on its wheels compared to the Airbus A320?
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Does the a320 neo have anything like MCAS? [duplicate]

I am trying to book a flight that will be on an A320 NEO. Does this have any 'new' systems or features, like the MAX MCAS system? I'm asking this question also because one airline has just grounded ...
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What is the THS deflection speed?

Let's restrict this question to best sellers airliners (A320 and B737). On this aircrafts, the THS is used for pitch trim. The speed requirements may not be has intense as for elevator as it control ...
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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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Did A320 NEO need an equivalent to 737 MAX MCAS because of its bigger engines?

We read that MCAS on the Boeing 737 MAX was needed because of the new, bigger, heavier engines of the MAX compared to the previous 737 versions. The closest equivalent to MCAS on the Airbus A320 NEO ...
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On an A320, will the aircraft compensate for constant pilot rudder input?

As I understand from answers to the question What does rudder input control in normal law in an A320?: the rudder deflection is the result of the sum of pedals input and plane's FBW command in normal ...
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Why does the flight controls check come before arming the autobrake on the A320?

As per SOP on the A320 we first perform the flight controls check and then arm the autobrake to max. What is the reason behind this?
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Why would the outer tanks fuel on the A320 be colder than the inner tanks?

I have noticed in a number of instances during long flights typically over 5 hours the fuel in the outer tanks on the A320 are colder than the fuel in the inner tanks. This goes against the system ...
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What does rudder input control in normal law in an A320?

I understand form documentation that in normal law, pedal input is not necessary to keep coordinated flight. It is merely said that using the pedals is not necessary. Later in the documentation it is ...
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Is it possible to selectively deactivate alarms? [duplicate]

My question is restricted to Airbus an Boeing's best sellers, namely the A320 and the B737. If relevant, answer can be extended to other types. In those aircraft, there are multiple possible alarms (...
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What is the trim wheel behavior on the A320 family?

The Trim Wheel in the A320s usually is moving by itself, representing the current stabilizer position (or rather command). Before takeoff I believe it is set by hand to set the takeoff trim. During ...
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Why does the A320 use the rudder for lateral control in mechanical law?

When the Airbus A320’s flight control system is operating in mechanical law (the simplest and lowest-tech of the A320’s flight control laws, where deflections of the pilots’ joysticks are transmitted ...