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The Airbus A380 is a four-engine, double-deck, wide-body airliner that is currently (mid-2015) the largest production aircraft in the world

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Are the A380 engines interchangeable (given they are not all equipped with reverse)?

I have noticed that the A380 only uses the two engines closest to the fuselage to reverse thrust to brake. Are all four engines the same (i.e.: could they theoretically swap engine 1 and engine 2) or ...
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Are thrust levers synchronized by default when pushed/pulled? [duplicate]

When I watched this video about the last flight of Juergen "J.R." Raps from SFO to FRA in an A380 (before his retirement) I noticed he lines up or synchronizes the four thrust levers as shown between ...
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What are these panels underneath the wing root of a A380?

What are these open panels underneath the wing root of a A380 (right above the person standing under the aircraft)? Are they ram air exhausts of the air conditioning packs?
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How far would an all electric A380 fly? [closed]

I have edited this to one question and thank you for all the feedback . I am trying to understand if there are any theoretical improvements in range when applying electric propulsion to large ...
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What is the service cycle or interval of the Landing gear of an A380 and 747-800

What is the service cycle or interval of the Landing gear of an A380 and 747-800, i.e how long between service, eg after how many take offs and landings with particular reference to bearing checks and ...
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How far would a landing Airbus A380 go until it stops with no brakes?

If an Airbus A380 lands with all brakes disbled, including reverse thrust, wheel brakes and any other measures it has to stop or slow down. Then how long would it take it to reach a complete stop.
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Why is the A380’s with-reversers stopping distance the same as its no-reversers stopping distance?

Thrust reversers, found on almost all jetliners1 and on the larger propliners, redirect engine thrust forwards, helping to slow the aircraft in the event of a landing or rejected takeoff.2 This takes ...
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What are the circled features on the upper surface of the A380 wing?

On the A380 wing are at least 3 red circle each side. There seems to be a black part inside. Is this a dip stick, or something else?
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Could Airbus resume production of the A380? [closed]

Airbus is phasing out the production of their A380 superjumbo due to low demand from airlines. But what if (for the sake of argument) in the future Airbus' prediction of the need of a large aircraft ...
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How much data is stored in the flight data recorder per hour in a typical flight of an A380?

One drawback or impediment to the storage of flight recorder data on the cloud is the amount of data that'd be transmitted and at cost. How much data in GB or TB is stored in the flight data recorder ...
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What is the recommended pressure for refueling an Airbus A380?

What is the recommended pressure on the hose that refuels an Airbus A380 when fueling this aircraft? How many litres per minute does it pump into the tanks. Can it safely be increased to reduce ...
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Are all the Airbus A380's 16 exits designed for everyday use?

Are all the Airbus A380's 16 exits designed or everyday use for embarking and disembarking the aircraft, or are some specifically designed for use as emergency exits, such that opening any of those ...
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Is it economically profitable for airports use jetties that use all the airbus A380's 16 exits at the same time [duplicate]

Does it make economic sense or is it economically profitable for airports to build jetties or jetty facilities that use all the airbus A380's 16 exits at the same time. This would be very convinient ...
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Could a kilometer of sand as wide as the runway,1 meter deep stop an Airbus A380 if it overshot the runway [duplicate]

An aircraft overshooting the runway could prove to be fatal. Assuming an Airbus A380 is fully loaded at near take off speed and pilots decide its would be best to abort take off, if they slammed the ...
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Is it possible to convert a passenger A380 to carry cargo?

I heard an expert say that one of the A380's weaknesses is that it only comes in a passenger version, not a cargo one like the B747 does. The cargo version of the B747 makes its market wider. One more ...
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Can an Airbus A380 or Boeing B747 fly with only 2 engines?

What would happen if, during cruise at a high gross weight, one of these airplanes suffered a double engine failure: With one failed engine on each side (leaving one working engine on each wing)? ...
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How long does a runway have to be for an Airbus A380 to takeoff?

I have seen several Airbus A380's takeoff on large runways, but how small can a runway get for an Airbus A380 to takeoff fully without overrunning?
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Why did Emirates order so many A380s?

According to the Wikipedia entry on the Airbus A380: As of September 2018, Airbus had received 331 firm orders and delivered 230 aircraft; Emirates is the biggest A380 customer with 162 ordered of ...
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How do they fill fuel in big aircraft?

Being a passenger, I usually will have view from only one side of these planes and hence don't know if same thing is happening on other side of the plane. I have observed hoses connected to wings, but ...
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Need Airbus A380 model in .xml format [closed]

i am looking for Airbus A380 aircraft model in xml language/ format. Can anyone provide? Or share the xml code?
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What components on a fully functional A-380 could fail in mid flight while still allowing the plane to land without loss of life? [closed]

I'm doing some research for a potential fan story in the Dresdenverse. Summary: a passenger is flying for the first time in an A-380. The A-380 is fully functional: it's the first flight after a ...
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Why does the A380 not have front windows on the top floor?

The title says it all. On the 747, the cockpit is in the upper level and in the lower there's equipment (radar, avionics, etc.) But on the A380, the cockpit is in the lower floor and there's no ...
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At which airports has the A380 landed?

I can't find a list anywhere (other than regular flights), but I am really interested, which airports have ever handled an A380 flight, including all one-time visits or emergency landings.
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Why is the A380 a double-decker rather than a longer airplane?

It seems like making the A380 a double-decker increases the cross-sectional area of the fuselage, thereby increasing drag on the airplane. Wouldn't it be more efficient to fit so many seats in a ...
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Why is the lower deck of the Airbus A380 curved like a single deck airplane?

I recently traveled on the lower deck of an A380 and the section where the side walls of the fuselage and its roof top meet is curved just like any single deck airplane. Credits: Wikimedia Commons ...
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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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How is an Airbus A380 fuselage joined and fastened together?

An Airbus A380 fuselage is manufactured in three different parts and then assembled together: (Images courtesy of Airbus S.A.S 1994) The fuselage functions under extreme conditions: low pressure ...
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How much fuel is used for preheating the outer engines of a four-engine airliner that were not used for taxiing?

Many questions and observations here have highlighted the idea of using some kind of electric towing system for towing airplane to and from the runway, instead of using fuel to taxi. One of the ...
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Are there any regulations preventing one from converting an originally cargo aircraft to ferry passengers?

Are there any regulations preventing one from converting the cargo version of the Airbus A380 for passenger use?
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How much fuel does the A380 use for taxiing before takeoff?

How much fuel does the A380 use for taxiing before takeoff and after landing? What does it cost at today's pricing?
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How many crew members load and offload luggage on an Airbus A380?

What are the standard ground needs of a modern double-decker airline. How many crew members load and offload luggage on a modern double-decker airliner on any typical trip?
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What is the minimum and maximum number of jet bridges used on an Airbus A380?

What is the minimum and maximum number of jet bridges used for embarking and disembarking on a typical Airbus A380 trip and why?
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Would the twin engine Boeing Y3 be able to compete better than the Airbus A380? [closed]

The low sales performance of the quad engine Airbus A380 and declining sales of the Boeing 747-800 have largely been attributed to lesser fuel economy of quad engine aircraft when compared to their ...
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How long does it take to assemble an Airbus A380?

How long does it take to assemble an Airbus A380?
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Is there any particular reason the A380 doesn't have a centre wing tank?

Today I learnt something new, but apparently the A380 has no centre wing tank, which leads me to ask, is there a specific, design reason for this? Or did Airbus just think those huge wings were big ...
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How is the area of flaps determined?

While may be possible to look up the dimensions of high lift devices in an aicraft's documentation, there is no information on what the underlying design choices are. Using Wikipedia, I found out ...
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How large are the pilot rest areas of the A380 and B747-8?

How large are the pilot rest areas of an Airbus A380 and Boeing 747-8? What entertainment systems are found in them?
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Is it possible for an Airbus A380 to operate with 8 of the largest geared turbofans instead of 4 Trent 900 engines? [closed]

Is it possible for an Airbus A380 to operate with eight of the largest geared turbofans instead of four Trent 900 engines? Would it be fuel efficient? What would be the total thrust of the engines?
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Why are the largest civilian aircraft not adapted for military use?

Frequently, civilian aircraft models are militarized, e.g. into the role of tankers, AWACS and others. In this militarization, we see a lot of "medium-large" aircraft, such as B707, A330. The super-...
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Is the entire length of a B747 or A380 wing used as a fuel tank?

It is generally understood that the fuel tanks of aircraft are in the wings, but specifically, is the entire length of the the wing of: an Airbus A380 Jumbo used as fuel tank? a Boeing 747-800 Jumbo ...
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How much fuel does an A380 hold and where?

How much fuel does an A380 usually carry (in litres) and what is the maximum? How much is in each wing? How much is in other fuel tanks and where are they?
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Would it be possible to build an engine twice the size of the Trent 900? [duplicate]

Would it be possible to build an engine twice the size of the Trent 900 in terms of physical size, i.e. doubling the diameter? Let's assume that it's feasible to build an aircraft tall enough to ...
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Why is Emirates not considering buying or leasing used A380s?

Airlines such as Korean Air are retiring their A380s. They are struggling to find buyers/lessors. In such a scenario, Emirates could easily obtain used A380s at cheap prices. Is Emirates not leasing ...
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Are nose wheel tyres designed differently from the main wheel tyres?

For the heavy large Jumbos like the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 747-800, considering nosewheel tyres are not subjected to the excessive heating caused by braking from the disks and brake pads, and ...
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What is the air temperature inside of a tire right after landing?

What is the maximum design air temperature inside of a tyre of an Airbus A380's and a Boeing 747-800's main gear fitted with brakes, before landing after a 10 hour flight and right after landing? Are ...
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Would installing 6 engines on an Airbus A380 and or Boeing 747-800 achieve a shorter take off distance?

Would installing 6 engines on an Airbus A380 and or Boeing 747-800 achieve a shorter take off distance? Would that result in excessive acceleration and harmful or uncomfortable G-forces? Would the ...
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does the compressor section of a jet engine creates a depression in front of it, due to air be sucked at a great rate [duplicate]

for large Jumbos like the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 747 - 800 at maximum thrust at take off, does the compressor section of a jet engine creates a depression in front of it, due to air be sucked at a ...
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Would increasing the number of wheels of a Jumbo reduce the braking distance?

If weight was not an issue, would increasing the number of main gear wheels on a jumbo such as the Airbus A380 from 20 to 40 wheels, each equipped with braking disks and braking equipment, considering ...
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Can a PPL holder fly family and friends aboard an A380? [duplicate]

Would I be able to fly an A380 with a private pilots license and carry family and friends? I know I can fly the A380 with a PPL.
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What is the maximum weight on the main gear of a large aircraft at rotation and touchdown?

For a large aircraft like a B747 or A380, how much does the weight on the main gear increase when the nose gear is in the air? I mean, in these two cases: What is the maximum extra weight on the main ...