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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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Why is tape being applied to this jet engine?

When I read this question asking for identification of the aircraft, my immediate question was: What is that duck tape for? Whether you call it duck tape or duct tape, why is it being applied to the ...
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What are these hooks on the A320's wing used for?

I was flying on an A320 (equipped with sharklets) the other day, and I found these hooks on the wing's surface: Note that the single hooked attachment is outside the wing's "DO NOT WALK OUTSIDE THIS ...
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Why was there a rattling noise coming from the left engine of A319?

I recently flew on an Airbus A319. When boarding the aircraft from the front entrance we passed in front of the left engine. The fan blades were spinning and there was a rattling noise (like when a ...
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Is an Airbus A319 allowed to fly with a missing flap track fairing?

During a recent flight from Copenhagen to Milan in an Airbus A319, one of the flap track fairings were missing from the wing. I saw this during takeoff, and notified a flight attendent as soon as the "...
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What's that in front of the overhead panel?

There is that thing I have see a few pilot using it. it can be pulled outside and then inside. what's that and what's the use of it?
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Why does JetBlue have aircraft registered in Germany?

I recently saw a JetBlue A321 with a German flag on its tail and was wondering why it would be registered in Germany if it was a US-based carrier. I was thinking maybe it had something to do with ...
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Why does the Boeing 737 have 5 x the passenger fatalities of the Airbus 320?

I thought I'd compare the accident rates of these two similar, competing, very successful aircraft. ...
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Why can't the A320's computer-imposed limits be overridden?

Under the investigation section of US Airways Flight 1549, it is noted that [The pilot] asserted that insufficient credit was given to the A320's fly-by-wire design, by which the pilot uses a side-...
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Why is it not recommended to hold the nose up on the A320 after touchdown?

I was recently told by a trainer in my airline that on the A320 if we hold the nose up after main gear touchdown then the flight control laws logic will memorise that pitch attitude after 5 seconds ...
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What does this black triangle placard on board an A320 denote?

Just out of interest whilst travelling aboard a British Airways A320-232 G-MIDT on the 9.45 BA shuttle service (LGW-GLA) in seat 10F I noticed a placard above the window of seat 9F. Given this seat ...
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What are these Lights on the Center Column between Cockpit Windows on the A320?

I have always noticed there is what appears to be three lights on the center column, which separates the pilot and copilot window of the Airbus A320 family. From the looks, the center light is red and ...
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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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Is the aircraft in this image real?

(Image source) At first, it appeared to be a freighter conversion of an Airbus A320 (known as the A320P2F). But upon having a closer look at the engine, it looks like a PW1100G, which would imply that ...
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Why aren't 737s or A320s commonly used for transatlantic flights?

Despite newer models of the 737 and A320 families having more than enough range to cross the North Atlantic (and also most of the older models, if they refuel at Gander and\or Shannon along the way; ...
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What kind of delay does the A320's fly-by-wire system add?

More precisely, I am wondering if there is any kind of data on how long it takes between moving the sidestick and observing a reaction on the ailerons or elevator. I know that the physical control ...
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Why are the center tank pumps deactivated when slats are extended on the A320?

Why are the center tank pumps deactivated when slats are extended on the A320? I researched about this and all I can see is hints. They say it is because of regulations or certifications.
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How can Ural Airlines fly an A320 from an unpaved field after an emergency landing?

Ural Airlines flight 1383 had to land in a field due to hydraulic problems and fuel shortage. The airline does not scrap it, but is repairing (source) and is going to fly it. A320 landing gear is not ...
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What is this yellow section around the cockpit window?

Saw this while boarding the flight the other day, travelling between HYD (Hyderabad, India) to CCU (Calcutta, India) on Indigo Airlines. Aircraft was an Airbus A320. There was a yellow patch around ...
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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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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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Does the ditching switch allow an A320 to float indefinitely?

I watched a documentary yesterday about the Hudson River ditching of US Airways Flight 1549. In the documentary, one of the investigators explained that the reason the water was entering so quickly ...
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Why is the Airbus A320 permitted to carry 180 passengers, instead of the maximum 179 allowed?

The EASA regulations give the following requirement for number of emergency exits: If then the Airbus A320 is certified to carry 180 passengers, it seems to me that it falls just outside the minimum ...
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What is this turbine engine panel that opens on landing?

Tonight I flew from Munich to Dortmund on an A319 and I happened to sit just above the wings and turbine on the right side. Upon landing, the turbine opened a window or panel which exposed some grid ...
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How did the nose landing gear of JetBlue Flight 292 get stuck sideways?

The nose landing gear of the Airbus A320-200 was jammed, but the tires were perpendicular to the fuselage. How did that happen?
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Could the non-smoking sign still be turned off in modern airplanes?

Yesterday, I flew on Germanwings 4U2379 with an Airbus A319. The plane's interior looked pretty modern, and while I can't find a construction year online, I'm pretty sure it was built way after the ...
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What is the normal descent rate for airliners?

A few days ago I was on a flight from SFO to AUS (Airbus 320) and I was shocked by the steep angle of descent into AUS. I have been on over a hundred commercial flights but I've never experienced such ...
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Is freezing of windows normal in airlines?

Recently I was flying on an Airbus A320. While cruising around 37,000 feet, I noticed half of the glass on the window had frozen. But it was a thin layer of ice. Was it anything to be concerned about?...
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What is that CFM56 with a toothed exhaust on an A321?

I stumbled upon a wikimedia picture and I saw something that I have not seen before: a CFM56 with a toothed engine exhaust. Can someone explain to me what engine variant that is? Source Author: ...
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How much training does an A320 pilot need to fly an A321?

From flight simulation and from pictures, it appears that the cockpit of the A318, A319, A320, and A321 have few if any differences. Could an A320 pilot fly an A321 without further training? If not, ...
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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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Why does the Airbus A320 series seem to rock left and right in level flight?

I have noticed on all Airbus of the A320 series that I have flown as a passenger (which includes the 319, the 320 and the 321), that whilst in level flight, the aircraft has always a longitudinal axis ...
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What's the inspection/repair procedure following damage from severe hail?

Delta 1889 was forced to make an emergency landing last Friday (August 7th, 2015) after being battered by hail in a severe thunderstorm. The picture in the news shows the two leading segments of the ...
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How can some stretched derivative airplanes have longer range while most have less?

On the one side A321 neo has almost the same range as the A320 neo (250 NM difference), and a LR version of A321 neo will have an even longer range. The same goes for the Dassault Falcon 7x and the ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of having landing gear doors?

To make comparison easy, let us take the example of B737 and A320, both similar aircrafts with retractable landing gear. As seen on the photo below, the B737 doesn't have gear doors for the wheels, ...
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How are Airbus pilots trained for using the mechanical backup control systems?

The A320 and friends have mechanical-only control capability (manual pitch trim + rudder pedals) for cases of total fly-by-wire computer or electrical failure. Obviously, this would be covered in ...
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What could the fuel pump failure have been that my flight experienced?

I was on an Easyjet flight (I think an A320), when mid-flight, I overheard a member of cabin crew tell another passenger there was a 'technical' issue with the aircraft, that might make us slightly ...
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What does the "High Alt Landing" guarded push button on the A320 exactly do?

I am aware that not all variants of the A320 are equipped with the HIGH ALT LANDING guarded push button. I know that it is pushed before landing at high altitude airfields. Was wondering what it does ...
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Why are brake temperature limitations lower when the brake fans are running?

In the A320 FCOM it is stated that if the brake fans are running prior to takeoff then the brake temperature must be below 150 degrees Celsius. But if the brake fans are off then our limitation is 300 ...
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What are those gray spots on the wing?

I recently flew on an Airbus A321 and noticed these gray spots on the wing, circled in red. What are those?
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A321 Two unsuccessful strong crosswind landing attempts. What was actually going on?

As a passenger on A321 I have recently experienced the following: The plane took off in strong winds (25-30 knots) and then proceeded to the destination, which it reached in 45 minutes. At first ...
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Why nitrogen generation system is only present in centre tank only?

I was going through FCOM of A320 and it mentioned that nitrogen generation system is only there for centre tank and not for wing tanks what is the reason for the same?
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Does an A320 revert to Direct Law if both engines flame out?

In the case of a flame-out in both engines on the two-engine A320, does the aircraft revert to Direct law or does it maintain Normal Law? An example is US Airways 1549 (the landing on the Hudson).
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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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How is the emergency locator transmitter of the A320 fixed, activated and carried away?

I've some closely related questions about the emergency locator transmitter, ELT, the "distress beacon", on the Airbus A320. From this question about antennas on the A320: The ELT antenna seems ...
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Passenger window insert pops out mid-flight

I was on a domestic flight from DCA to ORD in December on an Airbus A319. I was in row 31 and two rows ahead of me on the left side of the plane, I noticed while deplaning at ORD the passenger window ...
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How can the A320 receive 3 DME signals if it has only 2 DME receivers?

How can the A320 receive simultaneously 3 DME signals (VOR1 + VOR2 + ILS) if it has only 2 DME receivers (and antennas)? Does it multiplex them in some way? If yes, does it mean if one DME receiver ...
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Would an A320 override the autothrottle due to an erroneous radio-altimeter?

The pilots of Turkish Airlines Flight 1951 had multiple issues with the auto-throttle setting itself to idle during approach: despite manually adding throttle, the plane stalled and crashed before ...
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What is a "high-bypass geared turbofan," and why is it so much more efficient?

According to the article Bombardier’s CSeries Gamble Is Facing Longer Odds, this new plane from Bombardier uses a new engine technology that will improve efficiency over its rival 737 series and A320 ...
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Why do some A320s have double-bogie landing gear?

I believe this is actually a rare sighting, but why do some A320s such as the VT-ESD have double-bogie landing gear? Does Airbus have a specific reason for making such A320s? Update: Found an image ...
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Why doesn't the A320 have a dorsal fin like the 737?

The A320 doesn't have a dorsal fin, but the 737 does. If the 737 is more or less a similar aircraft, why doesn't the A320 have a similar dorsal fin? By Bill Larkins [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia ...
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