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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How can the Airbus A319 accommodate 156 passengers with overwing emergency exits?

This official image from the Aircraft characteristics airport and maintenance planning document for the A319 advertises the A319 as accommodating 156 passengers in a high density layout, this is also ...
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What is the explanation for the different lines in the payload/range diagram for the Airbus A320?

In the A320-200's 'AIRCRAFT CHARACTERISTICS AIRPORT AND MAINTENANCE PLANNING' document. It presents the A320's PL/R capabilities as: Firstly, I would like to know: What are the 3 different MTOW's ...
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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 would happen to the rudder on an A320 if both FAC systems failed?

What would happen to the rudder of an A320 if both Flight Augmentation Computer (FAC) systems completely failed during mid-flight? Would the auto pilot immediately pass control back to the pilots or ...
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What climb rates can the Airbus A320-200 achieve and which climb rates are commonly used for normal flight operations?

In relation to AirAsia flight QZ8501 officials have been quoted as saying: "It is not normal to climb like that. It's very rare for commercial planes, which normally climb just 1,000 to 2,000 feet ...
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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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A320 procedures for one thrust reverser inoperative; why is the old procedure more efficient?

I recently watched the Mayday series about TAM Airline Flight 3054. Landing on a short runway with only one thrust reverser in use, and the documentary explained something like: The old Airbus ...
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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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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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How can I calculate the fuel consumption of an Airbus 320-200 at various loads?

I want to know: What is the fuel consumption of an Airbus A320-200 - 180 Seats, at 100% load factor for a distance of 2000 km? What is the fuel consumption of an Airbus A320-200 - 180 Seats, at 80% ...
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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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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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Where can I find accurate information about fuel efficiency of Airbus vs. Boeing planes?

I am trying to understand the competitive positions of Airbus and Boeing's large civil aircrafts. I would imagine fuel efficiency would be very important to airline given its large component in the ...
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Where can I get a high-res photo of the RAT from an A320 Airbus?

I'm working on a project regarding the hydraulics system of the A320 airbus. I can't seem to find a clear Hi-resolution image of a grounded A320 with the RAT extended out. Anyone know where I can ...
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Was the introduction of the A320 flight control system controversial?

There were multiple severe accidents briefly after the entry into service of the A320, many involving to varying degree the augmented control system as a cause. In my eyes the A320 seems to have a ...
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Where Can I Find the Master Minimum Equipment List for the A320 Series (UK / EUR)?

I'm currently trying to locate the Master Minimum equipment list for an Airbus 321. I have the FAA (US) version of this document, but I'd like a copy of the UK or EUR version if possible. The Master ...
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Why are row numbers 10 and 11 skipped on Frontier's A-319?

I'm sitting behind an exit row (the exit row is row 12), but am still not sure why rows 10-11 are missing from this plane. Note the number goes from 9 to 12. Why are the rows numbered this way? It's ...
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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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How much fuel do the new A320-Winglets burn vs. the B737-800?

Now that the new A320-Winglets have established themselves, I'm wondering if they have better fuel consumption than the B737-800? I was told that Boeing used to be marginally better. Is that still ...