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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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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 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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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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Why does Airbus not display the exact airspeed on the PFD?

On every other PFD (I know), the exact airspeed is displayed as big number on the PFD. To clarify what I mean, here are two pictures: Source, added square, Boeing PFD Source, added square, D10A EFIS ...
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Why do some aircraft have multiple ailerons per wing?

In a recent flight on an Airbus A380 I noticed that its ailerons are split into three segments which move independently. What advantages does this design have? Do other aircraft have split ailerons (...
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Was the Airbus A300/A310 ever supplied with a yoke and not a sidestick?

In the Air Crash Investigation episode "Kid In The Cockpit," which details the crash of Aeroflot Flight 593, the video shows the plane had a yoke not a sidestick I was under the impression all Airbus ...
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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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What is this sound from Airbus aircraft before take off?

When flying in an Airbus, I often (if not always) hear a weird sound before the aircraft starts to accelerate for taking off. From where exactly does this sound come from? Why doesn't it appear on ...
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Was there an incident when Airbus autopilot wasn't letting the airplane land?

I'm trying to track down a story about an incident involving an Airbus airplane my father told me about 25 years ago, when he was working at a Boeing supplier. Reportedly, what happened was the ...
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Why do Airbus sidesticks add their inputs?

There have been a couple of Airbus disasters where, in the confusion leading up to the crash, both pilots have attempted to control the aircraft with their sidesticks at the same time. In the absence ...
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How does the Airbus flight computer's voting system work?

From what I've read about Airbus planes is that their fly-by-wire system works by having three different flight control computers calculate what the plane should be doing and then vote on all the ...
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Why do Boeing and Airbus have distinctively different nose designs?

Boeing aircraft generally have a pointy nose, which seems to me to imply better aerodynamic qualities, less drag etc. Airbus aircraft on the other hand have rather bulbous noses. Is this difference ...
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Could fly-by-wire protect against a takeoff tail strike?

If the takeoff weight is underestimated, rotation will be done too early and may result in a case of tail strike. One example of such mistake is a 747-400 (F-HLOV) in 2006 (case 8 in this study). The ...
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Do Airbus pilots have to practice flying in alternate law?

I'm sure when getting their type rating for Airbus FBW aircraft pilots learn how to fly in alternate and direct law. After that how much opportunity do they get to practice this skill? On Air ...
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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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Are there any airliners not made by Airbus or Boeing?

Are there any commonly used passenger aircraft larger than regional jets (100+ seats) that aren't Boeing or Airbus? If so, what are they and where are they used?
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Why are aircraft parts built in different places and assembled in one?

Airbus has its manufacturing facilities in Spain, France, Great Britain and Germany. Each country produces different parts of the aircraft and is finally assembled in one place. Why is this? Wouldn't ...
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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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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 much training does an A320 pilot need to fly an A321?

From flight simulation and from pictures, it appears that the cockpit of the A318, A319, A320, and A321 have few if any differences. Could an A320 pilot fly an A321 without further training? If not, ...
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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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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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Why isn´t TOGA thrust always 100% N1 or N2?

It makes sense to me, that under normal circumstances the engines shouldn´t be pushed to their maximum, to reduce wear and tear. But why isn´t TOGA thrust, which is the maximum selectable thrust ...
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How does envelope protection work in Airbus vs. Boeing aircraft?

I keep reading this thing that "On Airbus the computer overrules the pilot, not on Boeing". Smells like urban myth or at least gross oversimplification. How does envelope protection work differently ...
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How did the nose landing gear of JetBlue Flight 292 get stuck sideways?

The nose landing gear of the Airbus A320-200 was jammed, but the tires were perpendicular to the fuselage. How did that happen?
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Why does Boeing name its aircraft B7x7 and Airbus names theirs A3x0?

Airbus and Boeing use this special naming scheme for their civilian aircraft models. All Boeings built today are B7x7. (In the past, also other numbers were used: the shortened version of a B707, the ...
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Why do certain aircraft's landing gear tilt up?

Why do the main landing gears of aircraft like the A330, 777, 787, etc tilt up? This does not happen with the 767. Interestingly, for the 747, the inner landing gear does not tilt up while the outer ...
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Is a Control Law Degradation in Airbus Planes displayed on the ECAM?

I would like to know if there is any warning displayed on the ECAM, when control laws get degraded from, let' say normal to direct law, other than the small text on the PFD. Also if there are any ...
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Did Airbus add an audible alert when the autopilot partially disengage after the crash of Aeroflot Flight 593?

The major reason that lead Aeroflot Flight 593 to crash was the partial disengagement of the of autopilot (by the pilot's kid who was in the cockpit) which could have been avoided if the pilots were ...
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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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Is roll control achieved exclusively with spoilers on an A320 on final approach?

As a private pilot I have zero knowledge about how big jets are being flown so I was a little surprised to see that smaller Airbuses (A32x) only use spoilers for roll control on final approach. ...
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Why is the Priority Takeover button used?

On the sidesticks of Airbus aircraft, there is a Priority Takeover button. Wikipedia has this to say: In typical Airbus side-stick implementations, the sticks are independent. The plane's computer ...
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What are the numbers in boxes on an A320 ND when terrain is shown?

When the TERR On ND button is pressed on the Airbus A320 Cockpit, the TERR information apears on the ND, and 2 boxes in yellow appear. What do the numbers 146 and 073 mean respectively?
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What is a 'Wing Loop Fault' on an A320 series Aircraft?

I was recently involved in a flight that had issues before take off. The plane was an Airbus 321. It was explained to me as being a "wing loop fault". The problem was that the ECAM messages were ...
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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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Is it possible to upgrade a Boeing 747-8 and Airbus A380's engines for greater speed?

Is it possible to upgrade the Boeing 747-8 and Airbus A380's engines (upgrading to a newer engines) for greater speed, if the engines were more efficient and used less fuel at higher speeds relative ...
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Has Airbus planned to build a larger version of the A380?

The current Airbus A380-800 could carry over 800 people. Has Airbus planned to build a new, larger version that could carry 1000 or more passengers?
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Why do Boeing aircraft have serrated engine nacelles, but Airbus does not?

Why do Boeing's new generation of jets (787, 747-8, 777X, 737MAX) have serrated engine nacelles whilst Airbus' latest (A350, A320neo etc) do not? I understand that Boeing's nacelles reduce turbulence ...
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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 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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Does Airbus have a production problem?

Looking up numbers for my answer to the A380 production question, it occurs to me that Airbus is facing a real inability to deliver its latest airframes. The A380 is currently sustaining a build pace ...
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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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Is the emergency fluorescent floor lighting strip along the aisle an item on the MEL?

Was travelling on a Airbus A320 (night flight) and during the safety briefing noticed that the fluorescent floor lighting strip referred to in the evacuation instructions was totally absent. Both ...
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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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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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What is this component in an Airbus cockpit?

I have noticed that on a lot (all?) Airbus cockpits, there are these "things" (for lack of a better term) under the panel. I have highlighted them in this picture of an A340 cockpit: What are they?
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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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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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Which aircraft feature stock exterior cameras?

Watching a video on YouTube of an A340-600 takeoff, I noticed that it has at least two exterior cameras — one for lining up the nosewheel, and the other on the tailfin: ...
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Why are the windshield wipers in the A320 power-up checklist?

I was watching the startup sequence for an A320 and it struck me as unnecessary minutiae to ensure the wipers are off before power on. Is there something important that I'm missing that puts ...