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Based in France, and with significant activity across Europe, the company produces approximately half of the world's jet airliners.

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Is the Airbus Beluga's safety record comparable with the record of other Airbuses?

Upon first sight, to the uneducated eye, the Airbus Beluga looks incredibly 'un-aerodynamic'. Is the Beluga just as safe as other Airbus models?
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How could this weird shaped aircraft Airbus Beluga fly only with two engines and use short runways?

More than that! She could land and take off fully loaded on 2000 meters of runway at Hawarden Airport as seen here in this video. At my local airport the runway is 2500 meters long and an Airbus A300 ...
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Does an Airbus FAP display any indication of a full waste tank?

I have doubt about controls on FAP regarding Waste Tank. I understand when crew person clicks on Input On button, FAP displays the quantity of Water and Waste tank. But what happens when Waste Tank ...
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What is the outer kink on the airbus 340-600?

I was checking some information about the a340-600 and got this statement: "thickness/ chord ratios 15.25 per cent at root, 11.27 per cent at inner kink, 9.86 per cent at outer kink and 10.60 per cent ...
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For Airbus pilots, what is your TOD calculation methodology?

During A330 training, various instructors will have many different types of equations and gateways used to confirm the descent profile and whether or not they are above or below glidepath. The ...
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What does 1FD2 mean?

On the EFIS of Airbus you can see 1FD2 on the autopilot section of the FMA. what does it mean?
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Which commercial aircraft can fly Micro-SLOP procedures?

"Strategic Lateral Offset Procedures (SLOP) are approved procedures that allow aircraft to fly on a parallel track to the right of the centre line relative to the direction of flight to mitigate ...
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Why does Airbus suppress stall warnings in certain situations?

I was reading about Air France 447 and came across the line: The stall warnings stopped, as all airspeed indications were now considered invalid by the aircraft's computer due to the high angle of ...
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What's that in front of the overhead panel?

There is that thing I have see a few pilot using it. it can be pulled outside and then inside. what's that and what's the use of it?
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Do Boeing and Airbus learn from each other?

Air France Flight 447 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean in June 2009. It was later revealed that the FO was unwittingly pulling the sidestick back, stalling the aircraft. The aircraft was an Airbus 330. ...
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What does pre/post modification mean in Airbus MPD?

What is the difference between POST MOD (with partial mod i.e SXXXX) and PRE MOD (with partial mod) in the applicability column of an Airbus MPD (Maintenance Planning Document)?
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There is any technical reason for the new Airbus shades? [duplicate]

There is any technical reason for the new Airbus shades? Or they exists just because it is sexy?
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Which Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) is used in Airbus H145?

Inlet barrier filter (IBF) is an optional equipment in H145 / MBB-BK 117 / EC145 helicopters, which company Inlet Barrier Filters are used on them Donaldson, Aerometals etc.. The H145 Helionix / ...
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Airbus control architecture - where does the actual autopilot live?

I'd like to ask for confirmation about the A320 (and, generally, Airbus family) control architecture. The book Aircraft Systems provides the following overview of A3XX computing architectures: ...
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How can I tell apart an Airbus from a Boeing?

When looking at an airplane, what are the main external features I should look at if I want to determine if it is an Airbus or a Boeing (shape of the tail, fuselage, winglets, wings, etc.)? Same ...
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How many flight hours do the first retiring A380s have?

I read news here that an A380 previously owned by Singapore Airlines has been decommissioned and scrapped. Another A380 from Air France was also retired. Others are nearing retirement as well. But it ...
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Does the reference of a task in Airbus MPD be significant to specify applicability of the task to an aircraft?

enter link description hereI have a question about applicability column of a task in Airbus MPD,According to applicability column of Airbus MPD the task applicable to all A310-324 aircraft's(because ...
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Did Airbus bring back LAF (Load Alleviation Function) on A320s with Sharklets?

I have heard that the A320 no longer has LAF (Load Alleviation Function) except for really old ones, but I also heard that A320s with Sharkelts do have LAF. So is it true that Airbus got rid of LAF on ...
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Why does the wing root of the A330 have a pronounced twist?

just wondering what the purpose of the pronounced twist on the Airbus A330 wing root is, I've noticed this on the 380 as well.
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What does “speed checked” mean?

Here is a Scenario: PF: Flaps one. PM: Speed Checked, Flaps one. What does that mean and why do they have to say "speed checked" every time?
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Why do Boeing planes have more flap settings than Airbus planes? [duplicate]

The Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 are similar in size and performance. They are direct competitors. Boeing seems to have eight flap settings (1, 2, 5, 10, 15, 25, 30, 40) whereas Airbus seems to have ...
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What are these things on the A350's instrument panel?

https://imgur.com/a/BF2Ghpv . . 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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Can autopilot navigate automatically?

When the pilots enter their flight plan into the FMGS, the route will be shown on the ND. Can the autopilot automatically turn when needed with the given plan, or the pilots have to manually adjust ...
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How is a wing joined to the fuselage?

I've seen this video from Airbus: This is a capture from that video: What is the process for attaching the wings to the fuselage?
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What does M mean in A400M Atlas?

Atlas was the guy in Greek mythology that was literally carrying the world/planet in his shoulders. But was does "M" mean? Military? That's a guess, though...
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Why is the Airbus Beluga XL based upon the A330, and not upon the A350 or A380?

Airbus is developing the successor of the Beluga, called Beluga XL. The original one was based on a standard A300, while the new model will be based on the A330. Why is the new model based on a ...
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Why do some A320s have double-bogie landing gear?

I believe this is actually a rare sighting, but why do some A320s have double-bogie landing gear? Does Airbus have a specific reason for making such A320s?
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On Airbus aircraft, can the pilot control the aircraft when the autopilot is active?

I am looking at the schematics of computerized control for Aibus aircraft and I do not understand the relation between the various control law and the autopilot. Under "normal law" can the pilot ...
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Why are the engines of the Airbus A400M slightly tilted down?

Picture: Youtube. Firstly, are the engines really tilted down? I have tried to check another picture over the net, seems they are really tilted down slightly. But need confirmation from you experts, ...
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What sort of sensors are used for sensing the positions of the control surfaces for the ECAM F/CTL page on Airbus aircraft?

During the pre-flight flight-controls-check how does the ECAM F/CTL page report on the actual positions of the control surfaces? What sort of sensors are these? Is it a proximity sensor? This is ...
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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's the difference between setting auto brakes to MAX vs. RTO in Boeing Aircraft?

On Airbus aircraft, before taxiing and before take off, pilots turn auto brakes to MAX. But on Boeing aircraft, they will set auto brakes to RTO. Why does Boeing not use auto brakes MAX instead of ...
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Could modern unmodified Airbus aircraft be used for zero-G flight?

ESA operates a mostly-stock A310 for their zero-G science flights, which doesn't have the flight envelope protection of more modern planes. Even then, a third pilot is required to monitor warnings to ...
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How do Airbus planes flare in normal operation?

In reading the reports and Sully's comments regarding the flight that was ditched in the famous events of US Airways Flight 1549, I am wondering how the Airbus control system works to flare an ...
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Why do Airbus aircraft typically have less wing flex than Boeing aircraft?

I was watching this video on YouTube about Boeing vs Airbus aircraft, and at around the 5:09 mark the female pilot stated that Airbus wings are much "stiffer" and "less aerodynamic" compared to Boeing'...
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Why did Boeing keep using yokes while Airbus moved on to sidestick?

The first Airbus had yokes but they changed to the sidesticks after a while But Boeing is still stuck with yokes even with 777-300ER decades later. The sole purpose of the yokes are seemingly for the ...
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What improvements did Airbus make as a result of the Air France 447 accident?

As far as I can tell, the following factors all contributed to this crash: Pitot tubes susceptible to ice crystal blockage Crew not aware that they can stall the airplane due to alternate law No ...
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How to become pilot in India with lack of money

Hello I am from India currently I am in class 12 pursuing PCM and want to become a commercial pilot but belong to a middle class family how can I pursue my dream. I can't afford course of 60 - 80lacs.
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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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What is the acceptable position of the brake wear indication for A320?

What is the acceptable position of the brake wear indication (PIN) for an A320 to be safely dispatchable?
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Using aluminium busbar/cables in an aircraft instead of copper [duplicate]

I have just found out Airbus uses aluminium wiring in the A380 to save weight. However, I didn't see anything about whether all the wiring is aluminium, or if copper wiring is also used. What is the ...
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Are there surveillance cameras in aircraft cargo bays?

I've heard that there are cameras on the fuselage and wings of some passenger aircraft. Is there a similar surveillance system in-built at the cargo bay/compartment of a passenger aircraft? During ...
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Sukhoi Superjet 100 avionics

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 features flight control system with characteristics copied from Airbus. Side-sticks, same control laws. But does it actually use any of the hardware or software from Airbus (...
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What is the reason for setting flaps 1 on the ground at high temperatures?

Yesterday I've seen an A320 standing at the gate with flaps 1. While this question answers, why the flaps should be up, is there any reason to retract the flaps to 1 instead of up? In addition it ...
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Were Airbus planes always fly-by-wire?

So, as most of you know, Airbus has adopted fly-by-wire (fbw) technology. Pretty much every single plane made by Airbus is a fbw plane. So I was wondering, before computers were everywhere, did Airbus ...
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Why are Airbus captain control sticks placed on the left when most people are right-handed?

Why is it that control sticks for the captains on Airbus are placed on the left? Wouldn't it be uncomfortable considering that most of the people, and by consequence pilots, are right handed? To my ...
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A320/321 FMA indications with Both Flight Director Channel Failed

I hope that someone can answer my question. My friend had “FD 1+2 Failure” in simulator during the low visibility approach. Flight Directors on PFD disappeared, but no FMA change and no approach ...
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What are the main differences piloting Boeing vs. Airbus aircraft?

What are the main differences in flying a Boeing vs an Airbus aircraft? Ignoring cosmetics, e.g. nose/window shape (see How can I tell apart an Airbus from a Boeing?)
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How to disable GPWS in a 737NG just like how the Airbus can?

The Airbus planes have a feature where the GPWS can be disabled. But I cannot find any switch in the 737NG cockpit to disable the GPWS.
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For length in aircraft design, and in weight and balance manuals, what measurement unit does Airbus use?

What length measurement unit does Airbus use for aircraft design and in their weight and balance manuals? Meters or centimeters? Possibly they use both like Boeing does for, say, feet plus inches for ...