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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Could the crew of XL Airways Germany Flight 888T not hear important chimes, due to the stall warning?

I am intensively researching on XL Airways Germany Flight 888T at the moment. I wrote and researched hours and hours. Now I would like to know something about the ECAM and the Airbus Stall warning: ...
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What exactly happened with the Flight Computers on XL Airways Germany Flight 888T?

I recently saw a documentation about XL Airways Germany Flight 888T. This made some questions rising in my mind: Two AOA-Sensors failed (freezed) simultaneously. From Wikipedia: Two out of three ...
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Why didn't the A330neo and A320neo share the cockpit of the A350?

Recently Airbus presented its lastest projects A330neo and A320neo. I'm sincerely surprised about the cockpit, in that it is essentially the same of the original A330, while I was expecting that ...
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Why is IndiGo adding A320NEOs more aggressively than any other airline? [closed]

Currently there are about 45 NEOs with PW engines and 6E operates 17 of them. These PW engines have notoriously reported many engine issues and 48 of them have been replaced so far. IndiGo itself has ...
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Can an Indian operator get approval for ETOPS-120 without first getting approval for a lower ETOPS rating?

If an A320 aircraft equipped with CFM 56-5B engines is certified capable of 120 minutes ETOPS by the manufacturer as per its AFM, can an Indian operator directly request operational approval for ETOPS-...
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What's the acceleration and absolute minimal RWY length for an A320 during take-off?

TL;DR: An A320 takeing-off with full thrust is able to reach $V_{TO}$ (77 m/s) in only 26 seconds and in as few as ~ 1.000 metres. Is that really true? Last time I traveled with an A320 I was again ...
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What are the costs of 1 hour flight in modern low-cost airlines?

Thinking about "low cost" airlines that often tickets of about 40 Euros for 2 flight hours, I was wondering how these companies can cover their costs. Considering for example EasyJet that fly with ...
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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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Does an Airbus A320 Navigation Display depict constraints for flightplans other than the primary?

When any other flightplan (Missed Approach, Alternate, Temporary, Secondary) except the Primary flightplan is depicted on the ND in an Airbus A320 and the CSTR (constraint) button is pressed on the ...
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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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Is the RAT pump on the A320 standard fitment or is it an “option”?

Is the RAT pump standard or optional on the A320 aircraft? What about the B737?
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What is the purpose of these labels on an aircraft's wings?

During a flight on an Airbus neo I was looking at the wing on my left, and noticed a set of labels on it. A few can be seen in the below image: (The third one on the right is not readable, I was ...
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What are these “patches” on an Airbus A321 wing?

While on a WizzAir flight I noticed on the wing the patching marked in this image: I'm just curious, not implying lack of safety or whatever else. Why the wing is patched that way? I mean why the two ...
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What equipment does an A320 need in order to operate under RNP 2?

What are the aircraft equipment/systems eligibility requirements for Airbus A320 airplanes to operate in RNP 2 airspace?
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Why are the windshield wipers in the A320 power-up checklist?

I was watching the startup sequence for an A320 and it struck me as unnecessary minutiae to ensure the wipers are off before power on. Is there something important that I'm missing that puts ...
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How can I go from a CPL to an A320 Rating?

For example, I completed my CPL multi and have 300 flight hours, can I do a A320 type rating and work for an airline if they allowed my to work with 300 hours?
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Where can I find (online) manuals for refueling A320/B737 for a given destination?

Surely, airline crews must have manuals/apps by which they calculate the (minimum) amount of refueling before departure to a given destination. I have been looking online for such sources, with zero ...
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How reliable is the Airbus FAC calculated gross-weight?

I've noticed some variation between loadsheet weights and FAC (Flight Augmentation Computer) calculated weight. That's of course normal, since loadsheet is calculated with standard weights and FAC ...
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What is the capacity of the vent surge tank in an A320?

If the wing tanks of an A320 are fully filled and the fuel expands due to high temperatures then the fuel overflows into the vent tank. My question is, does the fuel get stored in the vent tank? If ...
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What is the ceiling altitude for the Airbus A320?

About a week ago, I was flying from Boston to San Juan in an A320 and noticed that the flight was staying at about 42000 feet for the major part of the trip, according to the flight map screen on the ...
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What is the IATA code for the A320neo family?

I was looking for A319neo, A320neo and A321neo IATA code all over the net but I could't find it, can someone help me with this. (As of 9 March, 2018, the answer with the highest up-vote count (from ...
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What is a Fuel Over Pressure Protector?

What is a fuel over pressure protector on the A320 and other aircraft? What is the purpose of this hole?
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What are these “lines” on the A319 flaps, are they damaged?

I've noticed a grey line on the flaps of the A319: What is that? Source
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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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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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Is this the shortest route served by an Airbus A320?

Is this the shortest route served by an Airbus A320? Port Louis to Saint-Denis, 231 km (144 mi). Air Mauritius flight MK248.
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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 changes do narrow-body airliners undergo to serve (relatively) long routes?

I will try to pose a well-structured question here on the longest routes ever or currently served by small, narrow-body airliners - specifically, the Boeing 737 and the Airbus A319 and A320. Set ...
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What are the “channels” on the A320 Rudder Travel Limit Unit?

The KNKT's final report on last year's Air Indonesia QZ-8501 crash repeatedly mentions that the faulty solder joint on the Flight Augmentation Computer (FAC) caused an open circuit on "both channel A ...
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On the V2533 engine, what protections do the FADECs provide against uncommanded unstow?

An uncommanded reverser unstow at high power is quite a problematic event for a flightcrew to handle, at minimum. As a result, engine and airframe builders put protection mechanisms in to prevent ...
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What is the relation between the Lift Coefficient and the Angle of Attack?

I'm trying to understand the relation between the Lift Coefficient and the Angle of Attack using PEP software for the A320 IAE. However, I notice that often for a given Angle of Attack, there could be ...
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In an emergency, how much runway does an A320 need to stop safely?

From time to time I land at Wellington Airport in an A-320. The runway has sea at either end and is 2,081m (6,827ft) long. There's never been a problem but I find landing there a bit nerve wracking ...
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Why are A320s around the world reporting so many problems these days? [closed]

From Aviation Herald, A320s have reported 6 issues in just last three days. What are some possible reasons for such bugs ,like AI 405 had a hydraulic leak, and B6-907 had a hydraulic failure. Are the ...
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Why is the A320neo considerably ahead of B737Max?

The A320neo has a 16% higher market share, 1022 more orders, 316 more MoU's and $122.1 bn greater estimated value than the B737Max. Though both were released at almost the same time (231 days gap) ...
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What is the “No Step” flap thingy used for on an A320 engine? [duplicate]

There is a small plate sticking out of an A320's engine narcelle with "No Step" written on it. I tried taking a picture of it, which in retrospect didn't turn out as good as I wanted it to be, but I ...
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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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What are autothrust and manual thrust on an A320 (or other aircraft)?

The accident report on the A319 G-EUOE incident in May 2013 mentions "manual thrust", and implies that using it is very unusual. The autothrust system failed, requiring the use of manual thrust: ...
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How does auto-trim work on fly-by-wire aircraft?

As I understand, you trim to reduce the effort needed to maintain the stick in the right position. Thus, you may reach steady flight before moving the trimming wheel. In fly-by-wire aircraft (to fix ...
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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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Why do aircraft manufacturers produce families of aircraft?

Let's take the case of the Airbus A320 family of aircraft. Airbus manufactures A318, A319, A320 and A321 planes, which all belong to the same family. What is the need to manufacture multiple aircraft ...
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How does trim work on an A320?

In the very interesting answer from Jan Hudec to a question about the various flight control computers on Airbus planes, two different means to trim the aircraft are mentioned: The stabiliser and the ...
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Which computer controls auto thrust on an Airbus A320?

An Airbus A320 has seven computers that control flight surfaces: two ELAC, three SEC, two FAC, and two AP (autopilot) computers. Is there an separate computer that controls auto thrust, or is this ...
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How does the A320 FMGC (autothrust, autopilot) decide which radio altimeter readings to use?

How does the A320 (or other Airbus FBW aircraft, for that matter) decide which radio altimeter reading to use (say, for FMGC functions like autothrust), or whether to reject the radio altimeter data ...
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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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How to calculate the Lift Coefficient for the A320?

I'm trying to figure out the lift coefficient of an A320. What I'm doing is the following: during cruise, the lift is equal to the weight of the aircraft ($mg$) so that I used the cruise table taken ...
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Why do most A320s make that distinct scream on takeoff?

I've noticed that the engines on the A320 make a very a distinct sound on takeoff. Is there something about the CFM-56 series that causes this? This noise can be heard in this video.
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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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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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Where inside a black box is the data storage located?

In a news article I saw this picture of a black box from a crashed A320. The article mentioned that finding the black box had lead to some disappointment due to the black box having been damaged: ...
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What could cause a noise like a hammer on an A320 in flight? [closed]

Edited question: I was on an A320, asleep, around the mid-point of the flight at about 30,000ft. I suddenly heard a constant noise like someone hitting the plane from outside with a hammer. The noise ...