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Which external instruments are visible on the A350's nose section?

Most pictures of airliner's nose sections show small dark tube- or fin-shaped instruments sticking out of the fuselage below the cockpit windows. For example this Airbus A350 shows them well: ...
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How does the A350/380 operate on Variable Frequency AC generators?

To keep a constant frequency of 400 Hz, most aircraft have a CSD (Constant Speed Drive) associated to the AC generator. On most types (e.g. A320, A330, B737, B747, B777) an Integrated Drive Generator (...
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Could the Boeing 787-9 near vertical takeoff demonstration be performed by Airbus A350 aircraft?

I am an aviation enthusiast. A couple of months back I came to know about the difference between piloting Boeing and Airbus planes here. What are the main differences piloting Boeing vs. Airbus ...
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Why is Airbus proceeding with both the A330neo and A350 XWB?

Looking at the specifications for the A330neo and A350 XWB, it strikes me that the two under-development models of the A330neo are relatively similar in specification to the A350-800, one slightly ...
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What type is this aircraft and engine at Munich airport?

Please help me to identify the plane and engine.
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What is the function of the protruding outlet on the Trent XWB?

Original by Bernd Sieker from Germany (Trent XWB) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons Above is a photo of the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB highlighting the aft facing outlet in question. In a video for ...
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How does the A350 variable camber system decrease drag?

Just curious how the A350 reduces drag/fuel burn by extending the flaps ever so slightly during cruise. Everything I've read about extending flaps says that extending them pushes the centre of ...
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How are these Airbus A350s flying in formation without being affected by wake turbulence?

The first photo in this article appears to depict three Airbus A350s flying closely in tandem at approximately the same altitude. I thought that a large jetliner would leave a trail of wake ...
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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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What is that yellow square to the right of the main entry door of this Lufthansa A350?

My question is: is it just part of the paint job, or does this yellow square serve a purpose? I haven't seen this square on any other airlines.
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Why are the cockpit windshields on the A350 black?

The newest planes like the 787 or A350 have a different kind of cockpit windshields: Picture source The A350 has "black" windshields: Source Does anybody know why are the windshields different?
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Does the Airbus A350 have an Automatic Emergency Descent System?

In 2009 Airbus went public with a new feature in the Airbus A350, an Automatic Emergency Descent (AED) System. The system would detect a rapid depressurization and, after a defined waiting time, ...
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First time passenger flight by two pilots?

In this video, the captain proclaims after take-off: We were nervous about this, but takeoff went smoothly It was his first passenger flight in the A350, but still... not exactly what I would want ...
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Could the Airbus A350 be converted into the role of air tanker / be used for aerial refuelling?

Since the A350 is one of the most efficient jets out there, Is it possible that it can be transformed into a fuel tanker for Aerial refuelling?
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How is the crew rest area on the A350 accessed?

As per this image of the A350, the crew rest areas have been placed on the top of the fuselage. How can this be possible and how would the crew get into the rear one since it seems that it is placed ...
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Why is the A330neo more efficient than the A350 on shorter routes?

For A330neo Wikipedia page, is written: A330neo enables profitability on shorter ranges where the longer-range A350 and Boeing 787 aren't optimized. For what reasons it is true? A330 and A350 ...
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Why is the forward fairing of the pylon very shiny and metallic in appearance in A350?

One can notice the forward fairing of pylon is very shiny and metallic. This is quite unique and I do not find it in other aircraft. Why is this? Does it serve any specific aerodynamic purpose or does ...
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How is structural damage to a composite fuselage detected?

When a service vehicle collides with the aircraft, the plastic nature could hide any subsurface fractures which could propagate as the aircraft goes through cycles. How is potential damage diagnosed ...
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Why does the A350-900 call out to retard at 20 feet above the runway?

I watched this video of a delivery of an A350. at 14:50 there is the sequence I'm interested in: the ground radar normally counts down the distance to the ground, ...
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What features are cursor controlled on the A380 Navigation Display?

I read that on the A380 and A350, certain features on the Navigation Display can be controlled via the Keyboard and Cursor Control Unit (KCCU). However, I did not find a full list of these features. I ...
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How can I switch off the yaw damper in an Airbus A350?

How can I switch off the yaw damper in an Airbus A350? In the A320, this can be done by switching off the FAC, but the A350 doesn't have a FAC switch; it has prim and sec instead of FAC and ELAC.
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Why are some vertical stabilizers painted 'after' installation?

I recently watched the Airbus videos on making the first PAL and Air China A350s. PAL’s vertical stabilizer was painted before being installed, as explained in 'Why are the tails always painted, but ...
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How to find polar curves of airliners?

The pilots operating manual of our Cessna 182 contains the lift-versus-alpha and lift-versus-drag data of the airplane, so I assume this is data that should be publicly available. Is there a ...
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Why are some A350s missing SSA probes on their nose?

I recently just noticed that some A350s are missing their iconic set of 3 main SSAs (Side Slip Angle Probes) on their nose. I'm not sure if its an issue of newer variants or varied airline options, ...
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Is the A350 more efficent than the B787?

I have wondered this because the Trent 1000 engines are very similar to the Trent XWB engines on the 787. And if the A350 has better efficiency then why do so many airlines purchase the 787?
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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 is the difference between max nose wheel steering angle and effective steering angle?

I am looking at a diagram. The max nose wheel steering angle is 72 deg and effective steering angle is 66.1. My question is now why do we not have just one nose wheel steering angle? what is the ...
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How many tanks does an A350 have?

How many tanks are there on an A350? Where are they located? Is it a common configuration among large aircraft?
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How come Boeing invested \$32 billion on the 787 program and Airbus only \$15 billion on the A350?

How come Boeing invested \$32 billion on the 787 program and Airbus only \$15 billion on the A350? (according to wikipedia)
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How did Airbus fit 6,340 gallons more fuel into the A359?

Bloomberg posted an article that says, among other things, the A350 ULR variant increases range by utilizing "additional space already available in the existing tanks to carry an extra 6,340 gallons ...
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What is the relation between flap setting and aileron droop on the A350?

The A350 has a aileron droop function, which is linked to the flap setting. In contrast to other aircraft with aileron droop, the A350s ailerons do not droop when the flaps are fully extended. I ...
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Who manufactures the landing gear on the Airbus A350 series aircraft?

Where are they made? I assume that they are made out of titanium. Right?
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Which engines do airliners start first?

I noticed many planes, especially Boeings (correct me if I'm wrong anywhere), start engine "2" first and shut down engine "2" last. However, I was watching an Airbus A350 cockpit video when I ...
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How many thousands of flight hours does it take to certify a jetliner?

How much time in flight hours does it take for a civilian aircraft (the Airbus A350-1000 for example) to get its certification from say either FAA or EASA? To make the question more practical, I used ...
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Why do Airbus and Boeing have different approaches to bleed air systems? [closed]

Reading Wikipedia and other questions like this, made me curious as to why Boeing uses bleedless architecture for its B787, while Airbus thinks differently for its A350 XWB (and Rolls-Royce thinks the ...
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Meaning of XX below Slat FLap Trim on A350 with flap setting 1

What is the meaning of the 'XX' in amber below the 1 (in green) within the Slat Flap Trim section on the A350 PFD when the flaps are set to 1 with the correct speed (below 255kts)? See picture ...
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Is Airbus offering to retrofit older A350s with the new winglets?

I noticed that new winglets (sharklets?) on the A350 are extended as part of the PIP (Performance Improvement Package). Are older A350s being retrofitted with the new sharklets? Does Airbus even offer ...
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Approximate Cost of Food & Beverage Preparation & Storage Equipment on A350 [closed]

What's the approximate price for all the food and beverage preparation & storage equipment on the A350? If you don't know the answer for the A350, I'm interested in hearing knowledgeable estimates ...
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What do aerodynamic flow cones measure?

This picture of an Airbus A350 test aircraft shows multiple instruments on the flap fairings, wing fairing and on the empennage: Source: A380_TLS_A350 AIB199GG (high-res version) They are being ...
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What is the A350's procedure for stained cockpit windows?

Recently I read of this Ethiopian B737 incident at Dire Dawa on Jan 9th 2020. The aircraft flew through a swarm of locusts, which didn't cause any significant damage, but it rendered the cockpit ...
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What are the "high performance characteristics" of a Boeing 777?

News of the potential further stretch of the A350-1000 have seen pretty much all journalists discuss the "high performance characteristics" of the competing Boeing 777-9 with Middle Eastern airlines. ...
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What are these things on the A350's instrument panel?

https://i.stack.imgur.com/fQy4e.jpg . . On the FCU Panel, there are some buttons or switches that are not on a320s and some older Airbuses except the A380. what's that and what the function?
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What trailing edge flap design does the A350 use? Is it similar to the A380?

Both Airbuses have similar flap deployment based on some YouTube videos I have watched, just wondering if they both have the same flap design being "Single-Slotted Fowler Flaps".
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What was the cause of Qatar's A350 rejected takeoff on 2015-12 at JFK?

In December of 2015 Qatar Airways flew the first commercial flight of an Airbus A350 out of the United States, from JFK in New York City. The first attempt to take off was rejected, as documented at ...
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What's the maximum range an A350-900 can reach at TOW of 250,606 kg and full payload?

When the TOW (takeoff weight) of an A350-900 is 250,606 kg (because of runway length limitation), with maximum payload, what is the maximum range it can reach using the chart above? It is easy to ...
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How a customer could choose "A330-Neo" or "A350 Regional" on shorter routes?

According to Wikipedia, Airbus is studying a new A350 Regional that effectively is a think that I suggested some time ago when I asked "Why is the A330neo more efficient than the A350 on shorter ...
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Why does the A320 still have this old fashioned nose?

Another answer stated that Airbus was less focused on just brand image, and more on aerodynamics, explaining the more rounded nose of it's 320 vs the 737's. But it still has flat cockpit panes which ...
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What is this loose object above the flap fairing? [duplicate]

During my flight, I noticed a loose object above one of the flap fairings. You can see it in this video: https://i.stack.imgur.com/yxh62.jpg. Is it normal or should I notify the airline? People ...
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Is it possible to 'retrofit' electric flight control actuators to replace existing hydraulic actuators on aircraft?

Read a bit about the potential cost savings of replacing existing hydraulic aileron actuators on large commercial aircraft such as the A350/380 with electrohydraulic/electromechanical actuators. ...
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What is this "hole" in the A350 fuselage? [duplicate]

As usual, I was looking at pictures of planes flying around me. And then I noticed a weird hole in this Singapore Airlines A350 fuselage: Source Registration number of this plane is 9V-SMD. ...
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