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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 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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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 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 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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How do the uninterrupted and interrupted flaps compare?

(wikimedia.org) Airbus A350. There aren't many wide-bodies out there. Whether it's Douglas, Boeing, or Ilyushin, they all have the high-speed aileron interrupting the flaps. Whereas Airbus uses ...
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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 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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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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Where do airplane variant numbers come from?

For example, the new B787-8 and B787-9. Is there any significance in why they started with -8, versus the older 737s which started from -100? Or B757-200/300?
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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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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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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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What are these small propellers in the A330 MRTT's wings?

In actual flight there are small propellers rotating at the front of these "pillars". What are they? They are visible in this video.
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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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What is the APU actually used for?

What are the actual uses of the APU? When is it used? When does it go off?
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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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Antennas on airliner wings? [duplicate]

From the question about sharp pods under airliner wings, I think the right term is anti-shock bodies, or flap actuators/track fairings. What's the little antenna looking thing extending off the rear ...
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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 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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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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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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What is an airliner's “green dot speed”, and how does it vary with weight, and why?

A related question told us, quoting from an Airbus performance manual, Green dot speed (minimum gradient) is a function of weight. Comments under the question stated that the "green dot speed" ...
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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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Are the Boeing MCAS and Airbus Alpha Protection systems the same?

I have a little question concerning MCAS from Boeing and Alpha Protection from Airbus. I think these two systems are the same, if I'm wrong please tell me. If the two 737 MAX crashed because of the ...
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Who has the final authority over sidesticks?

I’m wondering what would happen if - for some reason - the pilot and his copilot were fighting over the control of an Airbus with their respective sidesticks. Does the pilot gets the final word ? Does ...
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How would the Airbus A320 PFD respond to failure of all pitot and AOA sensors?

In theory, if all 3 pitot tubes and all 3 AOA-sensors would fail simultaneously for a period of time, could the PFD still deliver correct roll angle and horizontal displays? How would the plane ...
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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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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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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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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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What configuration of autothrottle is required when pilots are landing an Airbus?

Do Airbus pilots normally disengage the Auto Throttle on a manual landing? Do pilots (Airbus or Boeing) normally prefer a manual landing to a A/P landing?
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How reliable is the Airbus FAC calculated gross-weight?

I've noticed some variation between loadsheet weights and FAC (Flight Augmentation Computer) calculated weight. That's of course normal, since loadsheet is calculated with standard weights and FAC ...
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Why don't the A380 and A350 have trim wheels?

(wikimedia.org) A350 thrust levers without the flanking trim wheels. Why don't the Airbus A380 and A350 have trim wheels? On the other fly-by-wire Airbus aircraft the trim wheels are there for ...
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Why Airbus A220 if A320 already exists?

Airbus just presented its new A220 aircraft, formerly the "old" Bombardier CSeries, that is re-branded after a 50.01% acquistion of Bombardier by Airbus. It's an aircraft very similar in target and ...
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What are the advantages of the Airbus New Engine Option (NEO) program?

Airbus is planning to roll out an Airbus A320neo to replace its current A320 model, and they will offer this option on other models too. How does adding more options for engines for potential ...
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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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Are aircraft sounds publicly available in a repository?

Referring to the automated callouts and sounds made by the fwc, tcas, gpws, pws, etc. — are these available to download in one repository at all? For any aircraft, Airbus or Boeing. ...
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A380 reverse thrust on only half the engines [duplicate]

I noticed on this video of an A380 landing in rain that reverse thrust was applied to only the inboard engines. Do the outboard engines not have reverse thrusters? If they don't, then why not? If they ...