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How will the alpha lock function intervene when performing a takeoff at heavy weights on the A320?

In the FCTM for the A320 family of aircraft's under the SOP Takeoff chapter it is mentioned that the alpha lock function can intervene when performing a takeoff at heavy weights. Can someone please ...
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How is an ILS approach conducted when following a heavy aircraft?

I'm following a much heavier aircraft on an ILS approach to a large airport. Ideally I'd like to stay a bit above the glide path and land late, both to avoid the turbulence and also get off the ...
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How are brakes cooled on heavy aircraft?

As kinetic energy is not stored or recycled, large quantities of heat have to be evacuated in a short period of time when aircraft abort their takeoff or land: B777 brake test, Youtube Which ...
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Why was a complete test flight of Hughes Hercules H-4 (Spruce Goose) never undertaken?

I get that ,the max altitude it was flown to was 70 ft. after its 3rd test taxi.I also am aware that even this was done to prove a point. But,why was there no attempt later on to complete a test ...
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How much force does a 747 land with?

I've been told before that the runways for large commercial aircraft have to be built to withstand a large amount of force. But I'm wondering exactly how much it is? When a 747 touches down, how ...
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How does thrust reversal work on a jet engine, and when should it be used?

A two part question this time, though they are closely related enough that I figured I'd knock them out all at once. I figure the first question probably informs the second question anyway. Firstly, ...