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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Why did this A320 stall protection demo not hold Valpha max?

This video is about the Airbus A320 High angle of attack protection At 4:54 - 5:13 why did it pitch down? I know it is trying to maintain Valpha max but if it would ...
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What is the A320's procedure for dual engine failure at very low altitude?

What is the procedure for a dual engine failure in an Airbus A320 (perhaps a large bird strike, since these engines only tolerate medium birds) at a very low altitude, shortly after takeoff (approx 1,...
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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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What is the overhead instrument panel (pictured) near the front galley area of an A320?

I have noticed this overhead instrument panel. It is convered by a transparent plastic lid with a small hole in the middle. Inside it has lot of switches. What is it supposed to do and who operates ...
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What is the flight time from Beirut to Paris using different aircraft?

If the distance between Beirut and Paris is 1985 miles / 3194.55 km / 1724.92 nautical miles, and a flight using Airbus 320-200 take 4 hours and 40 minutes, how much would it take using the following ...
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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 is the maximum number of cabin crew members on an A320 load sheet?

What is the maximum allowable number of cabin crew members to be mentioned on the load sheet for A320, with respect to weight and balance? And does the number of deadheading crew members add to this ...
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Does the PFD/ND XFR work when the PFD is on the ND screen on the Airbus A320?

So I know the PFD has priority over the ND and that's why if the PFD screen fails its automatically switched to the ND screen. If the ND screens fails it does not get automatically transferred to the ...
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What is the risk of leaving the MAN START PB 'ON' on the A320?

During a manual start on a A320, the ENG MAN START P/B opens the start valve which then runs the starter motor. During the MAN START process, at some point, the start valve closes automatically. What ...
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Do all A320-family planes have leading edge high lift devices?

I keep seeing pictures of A320/321 planes with slats or some other form of leading edge high lift devices. However, on all my flights in the last years with A320s/321s I never noticed anything ...
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Does the Airbus A320 or Boeing 737 have better resolution screens in the cockpit?

I know this is kind of a specific question so if nobody knows it's fine. Does anybody know if the Airbus A320 or Boeing 737 has better resolution cockpit screens like PFD and ND? ( For the Airbus A320 ...
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Does the A320 autopilot work in flight with both engines off?

For a series of simulator sessions to determine the speed polar with students we plan to cutoff both engines in our A320 simulator, but we still want to use the autopilot to control speed (in theory, ...
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Is it possible to remove an A320's main gear using one main jack and one nose jack?

I have only one set of jacks (nose-main LH and RH) and I need to swap the main landing gear from one aircraft to another. I don't have a dummy landing gear. Is this possible?
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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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Why is the thrust/drag increase much lower at a lower FL with weight the only variable?

From and related to: What is the relation between drag and weight? Friction drag is not affected by the angle of attack change. The [induced] drag will increase with the square of the mass ...
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What is “temporary flight plan” in A320 MCDU?

I have been reading FCOM to undestand how MCDU works, there are severel mentions about "temporary flight plan". Does anyone knows what it is?
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Why do we have to perform a normal APU shutdown if a fuel spillage occurs?

I was reading in the limitations chapter of the A320 which stated that if a fuel spillage occurs we have to perform a normal APU shutdown what is the reason behind this?
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Did Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation fix this GPWS problem?

So I was reading about Garuda Indonesia Flight 152 and one of the reason it crashed was for a GPWS malfunction. Here is the Wikipedia article about the crash and GPWS: Garuda Indonesia Flight 152 ...
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What dictates the A320's 'emergency ram air inlet' operation?

Why does the emergency ram air inlet flap open when delta p is greater than or equal to 1 psi on the A320? Below is the extract I was reading from the FCOM. Why has the figure of 1 psi been set for ...
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How could a twin aisle aircraft (Boeing NMA) ever have a single aisle (A321) economics?

I understand from this discussion about the Boeing 757 and 767 that drag is directly related to the front area of the airframe, hence flight efficiency of the dual aisle aircraft can only be ...
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Why doesn't the A320 pack flow indicate HI as it should?

When on ground with APU bleed on and both engines off I have noticed a number of times that the pack flow isn't at the HIGH setting why? As per the FCOM it states that when APU bleed is on the PACK ...
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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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Why is FAC 1 cycled OFF to ON during a dual engine failure?

I was reading in the Airbus A320 FCTM regarding the dual engine failure procedure. The ECAM tells us to recycle FAC 1 OFF THEN ON. Why do we have to recycle FAC 1 specifically? I opened the QRH and it ...
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How does thrust reverser selection have a destabilising effect on the rudder and increase the lateral skidding tendency of the aircraft?

I was reading in the FCTM landing section normal procedures the below paragraph. The reversers have a destabilizing effect on the airflow around the rudder and thus decrease the efficiency of the ...
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How does a higher temperature when programmed in the FMGC affect REC MAX FL?

While I was reading the FCTM I came across this line mentioned below. An increase in the Outside Air Temperature (OAT), that results in a decrease of the REC MAX FL. I wanted to know if we enter a ...
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Why do the old A320s have a lower tailwind limitation compared to the newer enhanced ones?

In my company on the older A320s particularly the ones which are in the MSN 2000 range their tailwind limitation for takeoff and landing is 10 knots. But our newer enhanced ones have a 15 knots ...
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Why do outboard spoilers deploy more than the inboard spoiler on the A320?

I was reading in the FCOM about the speedbrakes and ground spoilers when I came across the below lines. The maximum speedbrake deflection in manual flight is: 40° for spoilers 3 and 4 20° for ...
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How does the LIP package which is standard on the A320NEO enable to approach at a slower speed?

Could someone kindly explain as to how the lift improvement package on the A320NEO enable it to approach at a slower speed compared to the IAE CEO. I have the list of the modifications which is done ...
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Why is deploying speed brakes not recommended with the flaps extended?

I read this in the normal procedures section of the A320 FCOM. Why is it so? When the speed brakes are deployed, extending the flaps beyond FLAPS 1 may induce a slight roll movement, and in calm ...
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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 is there an altitude limit if we have an IDG failure on the A320?

In my company’s MEL there is an altitude restriction if we have an IDG failure of 33500 feet why is that?
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On the new A320s when we do a brake check there is no need to call pressure 0 why?

Why do we have a give a pressure 0 call out when checking brakes while taxi on the old A320s but not in the newer A320s.?
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Why do we have to do an alternate brake check during preliminary cockpit preparation?

As part of the preliminary cockpit preparation in my company’s older A320s we have to perform an alternate brake system check but not in the newer ones as per FCOM Normal procedures as below. I found ...
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Why can’t we perform CONFIG 1+F Takeoff in the following conditions as per the MEL?

I was reading in one of my company notices that we can’t perform config 1+f takeoff on the Airbus A320 if we have the following faults. SFCC SLAT CHANNEL FAULT ADR 2 FAULT IR 2 INOPERATIVE Could ...
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What is this button (pressed during approach) on the Airbus A320?

I was watching a YouTube video of a cobalt air a320 landing and I seen as he was about 2000 ft AGL he pressed a button on his right hand side just beside the Navigation display. The button illuminated ...
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Why is powering on the APU so low on the A320 emergency checklist?

In the movie Sully we have this section of dialogue He wasn't following proper procedure at all. And I know because I had the QRH in my hands. He switched on the APU immediately after engine ...
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Is $24.01 million for 15 used A320 reasonable?

A few hours ago the insolvent Austrian airline Niki was bought by the owner of British Airways, IAG for a whopping \$24.01 million (plus a further \$19.08 million to provide liquidity to the company). ...
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Where is the camera in the A320?

On the A320 family there are circuit breaker panels in the cabin between the exits. On the 2000VU panel there is a "camera" circuit breaker (C5 position): Top: Source -- Bottom: A320 CCOM p165 -- ...
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How does a flex takeoff increase fuel consumption compared to a TOGA takeoff?

I read this also in the FCTM green operating procedures that doing a flex takeoff increases fuel consumption as we have a longer takeoff phase
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How does flying at ECON computed speeds optimise fuel burn.? [closed]

I read in the FCTM GREEN OPERATING PROCUDURES that it’s recommended to fly at ECON computed speeds throughout the flight profile to optimise speed in accordance with the CI.
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Could someone please explain why the A320 doesn’t have an anti ice system for its vertical and horizontal stabilisers? [duplicate]

I had come across in the FCOM that there is no anti ice system for the vertical and horizontal stabilisers while looking at the schematic diagram. I find it very strange that the other surfaces on the ...
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Could someone please explain what is thermal oxidation of the carbon brakes?

In my company SOP after landing we don’t switch on the brake fans immediately after the HOT annunciation comes on on the BRAKE FANS push button. Instead we are told to wait for a period of 5 mins ...
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What effect does tropopause entry have on the FMGC?

In my company it’s a procedure to enter the highest tropopause level into the INIT A page. Could someone please explain the effect it has.
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How does SLATS/FLAPS retraction damage the RTLU mechanical stop if we retract them after the ADIRS are set off?

From the A320 After landing FCOM NORMAL PROCEDURES: To avoid damage on the RTLU (Rudder Travel Limit Unit) mechanical stop, the SLATS/FLAPS should be retracted before all ADIRS are set to OFF ...
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For a 180 degree turn after takeoff, what is the normal turn radius for the A320 and 737? [duplicate]

I'm looking for some rule-of-thumb guidance on this matter. It relates to route 4, the westerly take off from London Gatwick (LGW).
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How does the Airbus ECAM / ND transfer work?

On the Airbus A320 a knob on the switching panel says ECAM/ND XFR (Electronic Centralized Aircraft Monitor / Navigation Display Tranfer) and it transfers the either the Engine/Warning Display (E/WD) ...
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Am I correct about what AC/DC BAT BUS does?

The purpose of the AC/DC BAT BUS is to distribute either A/C electrical power and D/C electrical to the things in the aircraft that need them. For example, I think he whole ECAM system and displays ...
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Does SDAC display data for both the PFD, ND and the ECAM display?

On the Airbus A320 the System Data Acquisition Concentrators (SDAC) aquire system data, process it and sends system page data to the three Display Management Computers (DMC). The DMC process the data ...
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Why did the speed of this plane drop so much? [closed]

(Disclaimer: I know nothing about aviation. It is not even a hobby to me. I'm sorry if this question sounds obvious or silly to experts.) I was casually checking the arrival time of a flight on ...
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What will happen to the IDG disconnection mechanism if we press and hold it for more than 3 secs?

I read in the Elec systems chapter that if we press and hold the IDG pushbutton for more than 3 secs it’ll damage the disconnection mechanism. What exactly happens? Also it says that not to disconnect ...

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