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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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What happens if you preselect your destination QNH during cruise?

I've noticed some pilots preselect their destination QNH on their side of the FCU. In order to preselect the QNH, you need to momentarily switch out of STD which made me wonder: Assuming your side is ...
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What happens to ADIRU/FAC AP etc, when Pitot probes fail?

Situation: Suppose due to a bird strike pitot 1 is blocked with debris and radome is dented causing inconsistent airspeed indication between P2 and P3 (due to unequal airflow). This happens at about ...
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What is the thickness of an A320 radome?

What is the thickness of an A320 radome? This is needed to run some simulations.
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Radome replacement process for radome damaged by bird strike

Suppose a flight has a bird strike which requires the radome to be replaced. The aircraft is grounded at Chennai (MAA), India. What is the process of its replacement? Where will the new randome come ...
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By how much did the content of the Airbus A320 FCOM expand over the last 40 years?

The Airbus A320 has been in service for almost 40 years now. I imagine that the current manuals are much larger than the manuals provided in the 80s, mainly for three reasons: The newer models ...
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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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Why is it necessary to set the parking brake on for the walkaround on an A320?

Our Airbus A320 FCOM prescribes that the PM sets the PARK BRK ON before the walkaround. Simple question: why?
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Do aircraft depressurise when taking off from a high elevation airport? [duplicate]

A jet aircraft generally maintains a cabin pressure of 7000-8000 ft during cruise. If the aircraft departs from a high elevation airfield, such as Quito (approx. 10,000ft), will the aircraft ...
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What is the reason for aircraft AC power supply neutral wire not connected to chassis GND?

In home utility power supply, AC neutral and earth GND are connected together at distribution transformer output. Is there a reason why aircraft power supply is not following the same practice? Why ...
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Why For A320, On ground, reopening of the pack valve is delayed for 30-60 seconds

I've read in FCOM that, during engine start reopening of the pack flow valve is delayed for 30-60 s to allow second engine start? But isn't it that the pack flow remains closed only for the side the ...
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How do "thrust rating limits" work on the A320?

On page 11 of this A320 FCOM (power plant section only), a "thrust rating limit" mechanism is described. However, it doesn't go into much detail, and I could find little other information ...
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Alternative methods to determine A-320 (Pegasus R1A) Optimal FL

320 FO looking to see if anyone knows a method to determine optimal flight level (essentially compute optimal step climb point) from the F-PLN page. I’m well aware of computing optimal S/C from the ...
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Height from the ground of aircrafts doors

I'm searching for the height from the ground of these AA/CC doors (front and back) Boeing 737-800 Boeing 737-8200 (800-max) Airbus A319 Airbus A320 Airbus A321 Airbus A220 Airbus A340 I know only ...
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In an Airbus A-320, when is it appropriate to use: vertical speed mode, the expedite button, and the speedbrake?

When it is appropriate and good airmanship to use Vertical speed on A-320 and where it is written? Also same questions for the speedbrake? Also, why do some captains call the expedite push button the &...
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A320 When to arm approach on RNAV or LNAV

Looking for answers on real/sim behavior on A320 Managed/Managed non-ILS (2D or 3D) approaches. Airbus says to only press the APPR arm button when on the final leg with the Final App Fix as the "...
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How can a pilot fly a descent angle of 4° in an A320?

Would any A320 pilot be able to share any tips regarding maintaining a descent rate for final approach of 4°? Of course this is in case of manual flying. I know we can use a descent rate of speed*5 ...
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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 effect does fuel in ACT 1 and ACT 2 have on Cargo Carrying capacity on an A321 aircraft?

Are there any limitations on how much cargo can be carried in H3,H4, and bulk on an A321 if there is fuel in ACT1 and ACT2? What is the reference manual for this information?
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How do you capture the localizer in an A320?

I understand that pushing 'Approach' should do it (when in range), but it doesn't. There must be another step that I'm missing (the computer has been set up so it's not that). What is the step-by-step ...
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Is there usually vertical movement between the wing and fuselage?

Is there a slight movement in the point of connection of the wing with the fuselage of the Airbus plane in the event of flight and air turbulence?
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Why is the refueling point of this A320 on the left wing instead of the right?

Every other A320 I've seen has the refueling done in the right wing but not this one. Why? Registration YL-LDN
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Could what happened to Yeti Airlines Flight 691 happen on an Airbus or Boeing?

The Yeti Airlines crash involved an ATR 72 and was likely due to pilot error - a stall resulting in an incipient spin. Would this accident be more avoidable on say a Boeing 737 or an Airbus A320?
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What is the max landing altitude of the Airbus A320 family?

I know the Boeing 737's max landing altitude is 8,400ft standard and 12,000ft with the high altitude option. I am struggling to find the same figures for the A320 family. All I can find online is the ...
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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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Plane suddenly descending nose down, was it normal?

I was on flight FR8710 Vie-SUF on 2023 May 1st, and the descent was quite abrupt, at least according to my standards (and to the other passengers' ones). I fly pretty often and this was the first time ...
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on the airbus A320 does applying rudder and tiller sum up?

on the airbus A320 while taxing, does applying rudder and tiller sum up the turn? if so where is it mentioned
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ATSU AOC software for A320 - how to change mass units for OOOI msgs from LBS to KGS

There are 2 A320 acft; one which transmits OOOI msgs with FOB in LBS and one with FOB in KGS. We want to maintain records in KGS but since the values are auto-parsed into our ops software we have to ...
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How does a trailing edge flap move on an Airbus A320?

Airbus flaps move in flight direction [link] I don't exactly understand how that works, do they move just 180 degrees (opposite direction) of the flight path or is it something else? And doesn't ...
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Is it against the regualtions to install a dummy set of landing gear during aircraft maintenance?

We will be removing a set of landing gear for overhaul, so we are arranging a set of unserviceable landing gear to keep the aircraft mobile. I would like to know if doing so is against any FAA or EASA ...
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Why can some aircraft not fly near the north pole?

The Adiru on the Airbus 320 has an limit like 84°N latitude. What happens if the plane is flown above that latitude?
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Why is a level off required for flap retraction after a single engine failure?

In the Airbus A320, why do we need to level-off for flap-retraction after a single engine failure? Even if we maintain a climb, the airspeed will still accelerate and be enough to retract the flaps ...
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What is the essential purpose of making three control laws in Airbus aircraft?

Airbus has normal law, alternate law and direct law. What was the need for specifically making each of these three laws? What benefit does each one offer over the others? Also, why does Airbus degrade ...
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On the A321neo, what determines the 'time to land' when an Additional Center Tank System Fault is triggered?

On the A321neo, the QRH has a procedure in the case of a ACT (Additional Center Tank) System Fault (Found in the QRH under Abnormal and Emergency Procedures, Fuel). When such a fault occurs, you must ...
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What is the difference between GNADIRS and ADIRS on the A320 family?

What is the difference between GNADIRS and ADIRS on the overhead panel of the A320 family?
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How can I determine the fuel temperature in the tanks of an Airbus A320 during climb?

I know that, for example, at 10000ft the outer temperature is around $-10\, ^\circ\! C$. How can I calculate the fuel temperature in the tanks? In technical notes I find on the internet for Airbus ...
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Why descend after a single engine failure in an Airbus?

The procedure says to descend to lrc ceiling. But, why do we need to descend? The aircraft is still able to maintain speed even at higher altitudes, at FL300, in FS2020, it was maintaining around 215-...
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Should the approach speed and wind be changed below 700ft on an A320?

The FCOM says: When managed, the speed target is computed by the FMGS and may be modified by the flight crew through the MCDU. At 700 ft RA, the current speed target value is memorized by the ...
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Why does the pilot need to manually retard the thrust levers in an A320?

The Airbus A320 FCOM (Autoflight - Flight Guidance - Flare Mode) says: At 30 ft RA, the AP/FD aligns the yaw axis with the runway centerline and the aircraft flares on the pitch axis. If the ...
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How is Airbus A320 cockpit philosophy designed?

I believe there is a reason behind a particular design especially in aviation. I wanted to know how A320 cockpit was designed ?. For example: Why is RCDR, EMER ELEC PANEL is on the left side of the ...
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How to calculate the climb performance of an A320

Recently I have been taking off in Innsbruck (LOWI) with my A320 (in Microsoft Flight Simulator, because I cannot afford the real one) and quickly found myself greeted by a GPWS Warning: "Terrain ...
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Why do you need to pull HDG knob a320 for selected mode?

If you are flying in nav mode, then atc tells you turn to a different heading, as soon as you change the heading knob the aircraft starts turning, then why do i need to pull it?
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Why you have to maintain "S" speed in a320 circuits after a climb?

I've been told that in circuits, after reaching thrust acceleration altitude , you should maintain S speed, after a flaps 1 take off? why is it so? why that particular speed. please explain
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What is the role of HP & LP fuel pumps in aircraft?

What is the role of HP (high pressure) and LP (low pressure) fuel pumps in aircraft like the A320? Why are two different ones needed?
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What is the difference between auto-start and manual start in an A320?

What is the difference between auto-start option and manual start in the Airbus A320? Can you please explain
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How does a 10 second delay after switching on the APU BLEED prevent an engine stall while carrying out a one engine taxi on departure in the A320?

My question mainly pertains to the delay of 10 seconds. As per the A320 FCOM when performing a one engine taxi at departure before starting engine 2 a 10 second delay has to be catered for after ...
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Why does the A320 have APU separate MASTER SW and START buttons?

As you know, there are two push buttons (MASTER SW and START) related to the APU in the Airbus A320 family. Why there are two pushbuttons? I mean is there any condition in which users switch only one ...
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Why does the "retard" command on the Airbus sometimes continue after the thrust levers are already at idle?

There are many examples where the PF will place the thrust levers at idle and the "retard" command will continue sounding. Here are some examples: 1 and 2. Note that I am not referring to ...
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Why are the brake temperatures so high during the cruise?

While monitoring the A320 aircraft systems during cruise I noticed that brake temperatures are relatively high compared to the OAT. I have seen brake temperature indications range between 20°C and 120°...
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On the A320, is it wrong to retard at 50ft or earlier?

The A320 FCTM explains that the flight crew can rapidly retard all thrust levers to IDLE either earlier or later than the 20 ft. Is it wrong to retard at 50ft or earlier?
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What is the minimum runway required for an a320 under 72,000 kg

How much is the absolute minimum runway required for takeoff and landing? How much could you reduce the takeoff/landing distance using various methods (eg-standing takeoff)? I'm talking about an A320 ...
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