Questions tagged [airbus-a340]

A long-range four-engine widebody jetliner made by Airbus from 1991 until 2011.

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Why is the A330/A340's angle-of-attack protection disabled in alternate law, even if the AoA vanes are operating normally?

Reading about Air France Flight 447, to quote Wikipedia (emphasis added): ... A second consequence of the reconfiguration into alternate law was that stall protection no longer operated. Whereas in ...
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Why are there non-standard altitude callouts?

I just saw a YouTube video with an A340 landing. There were the regular altitude callouts (1000, 500, etc.) until the callout "110". I was quite puzzled by this. What are the conditions that the ...
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Is it possible to reach an A340's fuselage from the ground?

There is this ATC recording where an A340 pilot requests to leave the aircraft and close the fuel panel on the bottom of the fuselage, while the aircraft is on a taxiway (the request is made at 2:50). ...
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Why does an ADIRU 1 failure disable all functions of the A330/340’s GPWS - even those not requiring ADIRU data?

Among the many (many many) aircraft systems degraded or rendered unavailable to the flightcrew of QF72 as a result of a partial intermittent ADIRU 1 (Air Data / Inertial Reference Unit 1) failure, the ...
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Why shouldn’t the A330/40’s speedbrakes be used in alternate law?

On page 30 of the ATSB report into the QF72 accident (page 50 of the PDF file of the report), in a table describing the actions required of the flightcrew in response to some of the ECAM messages ...