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Why there is only Boeing and Airbus?

Amidst all these new scandals with Boeing and unbelievable/disgusting safety situations like the example of the hidden camera report long time ago, and knowing that airlines only have Boeing or ...
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Who builds aircraft faster, Boeing or Airbus?

Setting aside recent Boeing MAX crisis and post pandemic manufacturing issues, who was overall delivering aircraft faster before 2019, Boeing or Airbus? PS: If you want to pick a specific model, Let's ...
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Why aren't aircraft built with carbon fiber tubes?

Though carbon fiber is more expensive than aluminum as a base material, one of its biggest costs is creating the final composite parts made of carbon fiber (molding, layering, resin, curing, baking, ...
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Do airlines need to get approval from manufacturers for procedure deviations?

This question (Why do airlines use their own procedures instead of manufacturers'?) about different procedures with different airlines prompted a followup question from me. Where deviations occur ...
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What is 1950 Military Aircraft Blueprint to Aluminum Sheet Metal Process Called?

I have sections of vintage aluminum sheetmetal with aircraft 'blueprints' stenciled, what is this process called? One plane is identified as a F9 Cougar (plane outline shown), others have earlier font ...
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What legacy turbojet would have detailed documentation and drawings available for free or cheap?

I am fascinated by the technology of jet engines. As a hobby, I might like to create a detailed animated 3D model of one (and publish it with a Creative Commons license). Obviously I am not going to ...
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Why in aviaton they are using Electro Mechanical Actuators instead of Electric Linear Motors?

In my opinion they are much more compact, the design may be needed to change in order to still be a fail-safe component, also, may be need to account for jamming and load disconnection safety devices, ...
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Is it possible to work for free in Aerospace Industry for experiences

I am currently in a master's Aerospace Engineering program and are trying to buff up my resume by having some experiences. I heard that in IT industry, there are ways for new programmers to earn ...
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Is there empirical evidence that aircraft deliveries increase as air travel increases?

Boeing Co (BA.N) said on Tuesday airplane deliveries rose to 35 in September as it benefited from an uptick in domestic travel SEATTLE, Oct 12 (Reuters) An essential principle: greater air travel ...
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Who make the fuel system, cabin pressurization system, and firefighting system?

Who makes the fuel, cabin pressurization, and engine firefighting system for an aircraft with engines on, or in, the wings? Fuel tanks and fuel pipes, pressurized air pipes and heat exchanger, and ...
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Do aircraft engines come with electric generators?

For turbojet/fan/prop engines, do they come with an electric generator when delivered to aircraft manufacturers, or it is something that the aircraft manufacturer has to find or make themselves? I am ...
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Do turbine engines contain engine oil and fire-extinguishing fluid?

When aircraft turbine engine companies sell their engines to aircraft manufacturers, does the product contain the tank and pipe for engine oil and fire extinguishing fluid in the same package? Or is ...
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Does a converted aircraft require recertification? Does it break manufacturer rights?

Here is a very interesting video shows how an Airbus A330 is converted from passenger plane to a cargo plane. There are lots of changes or modifications were made to the airplane to fit the new ...
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Who manufactured the 737 MAX flap track fairings?

I can't seem to find the information online, would anyone of you know where / by who the flap track fairing for the B737 MAX is produced?
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What is the difference between aircraft integration and assembly?

I have never had a clear understanding of the difference between aircraft assembly and integration. My understanding is that putting together the airframe alone is assembly and putting together the ...
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Why is there such a large price difference between the A350 and B787?

What are the reasons for quite significant difference in price between the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787? List prices for the A350-900 and 787-9 are around 317 million USD and 190 million USD ...
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Why are manufacturers assumed to be responsible in case of a crash?

I attended at a training concerning airborne software and the coach remarked that despite at the normal courts, when an aircraft crashes and the authority investigates, a manufacturer is guilty for ...
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What are the missing elements to mandate airliners to have an AoA indicator? [closed]

ONGOING EDIT NOTE (By OP) This question is right now being comprehensively reworked to make it less broad over the course of the next number of days. (That's being done mainly offline, so as to ...
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How do aircraft manufacturers determine the elevator size?

I’ve heard some pilots say the MD-11 (I think?)was made with too much elevator, and that it’s an overkill. So now I’m curious, how do they determine the length for the elevator? Is it possible to ...
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Can an airline order a 777 with 787 flight deck avionics?

So an airline orders a 777, but instead of the cockpit in that, they request the 787 cockpit installed in their 777, is this even doable?
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Turbine blade manufacturing/assembly process

I want to know the process for manufacturing turbine blades and the companies that are involved. Who makes the turbine blades? Who applies the thermal barrier coating? Who repairs the blades? Let's ...
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Why is there such a low level of automation in the aerospace industry (compared to other industries such as automobile)?

I have been watching some episodes of the documentaries made by National Geographic lately and I have noticed something that I can't find an explanation for. In this episode of Megafactories - ...
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Development Cost?

We all hear about how aircraft development costs multiple billions if not tens of billions of dollars, but what does this money go into? The material used in making a a single prototype aircraft isn'...
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Who applies an airworthiness directive when the airframe is newer than the AD?

For example, an AD was issued in 1990 while the aircraft was manufactured in 2002? Who applies the AD, the manufacturer or the owner?
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Is there a regulation that requires manufacturers to cover AD's for the life of the equipment?

I'm usually pretty good at finding regulations, but I can't find anything in this regard. I'm curious if manufacturers such as Cessna, Piper, or even Lycoming and Continental are required by law/...
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Do any Waco aircraft have model names?

Many aircraft manufacturers give names to the aircraft models. Piper had the Cub, Super Cub, and all the Comanche/Cherokee/Navajo/etc. names used in branding. Cessna has the Skyhawk, Skylane, etc. ...
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Who else is using electro-thermal wing anti-/de-icing apart from the 787?

I am researching into deicing technologies for the future, but apart from Boeing with Ultra/GKN, no one seems to be picking this technology up and being competitive. Any one know why this is? Is it an ...
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Why manufacturers does not producing variable sweep wing in our current scenario? [duplicate]

I read about many types of aircraft wing configurations like rectangular, swept forward, swept backword, and Delta wing. These configurations have their own advantages and disadvantages. But why we ...
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Is there any "copyright" for aircraft's design between different manufacturer?

Are there any regulations for the copyright of aircraft's model design between competitors in the aircraft industries? Basically is there a regulation for avoid that one company just steals the ...
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What does the FAA mean by "Make and Model" of aircraft?

Short Version: How does the FAA define the terms "make" and "model" in regulatory documents, particularly in the context of referring to pilot experience in aircraft? Long Version ...
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What documentation do Airbus/Boeing supply at initial delivery of an aircraft?

What are the Aircraft Documents supplied by Boeing and/or Airbus at first delivery? Do they supply Form 8130 or Certificates of Compliance for every part? Or is the AIR/ARL all that is supplied?
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What would it take to bring a more efficient lifting-body airplane design (possibly a BWB) to commercial market? [duplicate]

I know that the MAIN reason Boeing and Airbus are held back on this is the development costs. It costs a lot to even develop a slightly new design, let alone mass manufacturing it. But that's the ...
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Did Boeing subcontract the manufacturing of the wings on the B757 series?

If Boeing did subcontract, which company took over the manufacturing of the wings? Where were the wings made?
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How much operating documentation is produced for an airliner by the manufacturer?

A long, long time ago, when I was a young child, I read in a book or magazine that the 747 weighed 170 tonnes (or whatever) - but that the manuals it came with weighed even more! (I recall the same ...
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Is it possible to re-engine aircraft with different engine options?

Most airliners have multiple engine options and so I was wondering if it would be possible for operators to fit a different engine type to their existing aircraft; let's take for instance the Boeing ...
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Where can I find a video about making F-16 jet fighter canopies?

I'm searching for a video of the manufacturing process for an F-16 jet fighter canopy. Can anybody help me? Does anybody know where these canopies are manufactured?
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How much testing to commerical aircraft manufacturers typically do on each new plane after it rolls off the production line?

I just came across an article on Wired about Boeing's new 787-10 where they said the type had been tested for over 5000 hours in a range of conditions. Obviously, the very first model is tested to ...
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If an airline cancels an aircraft order, can a different airline acquire those options?

Let's say Airline A placed an order for an aircraft a while back. After a bit of time, Airline A decides it no longer has a need for the aircraft and decides to cancel the order. Meanwhile, Airline B ...
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Why are "counterweights" used in aircraft production?

From this question, manufacturers use "counterweight" or "ballast" when producing aircraft. Why is the use of weight necessary? Supposedly aircraft should be made as light as possible, and ...
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What does Airbus means by long product cycles?

I was reading this article. The article was about issues that Airbus may face if the UK does a 'Hard Brexit'. At the very end of the Article though, Airbus says Airbus makes wings for all its ...
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Why are 737 fuselages built in Kansas?

737 fuselages are built in Wichita Kansas and are transported by train to Renton, Washington, where the plane is assembled. Why outsource the fuselage all the way to Kansas? The cost of moving the ...
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Why are the tails always painted, but not the fuselage, in test and delivery flights?

Granted some airlines prefer to paint their own planes, but we always see planes like the one below, protective coating everywhere but the tail. Why's that? (Source)
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Besides size, what determines the cost of creating a composite structure for a single engine piston aircraft? [closed]

When designing an aircraft (LSA or GA), how would one minimize the cost of construction when the aircraft is composite. To be clear, I am talking only about the structural components, not the interior,...
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What are some common factors that affect GA aircraft manufacturability? [closed]

Recently, we've seen Icon go through layoffs due to production delays related to "Manufacturability". I assume this is due to their wing structure in part, but I'm curious, in general, how a company ...
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What is the structure of the crew documentation used in flight for a commercial aircraft?

Common documentation easily found online (using A320 family as an example): Flight crew operating manual (FCOM, multiple volumes) Flight crew training manual (FCTM) Standard operating procedures (SOP)...
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Why is there typically a large gap between the first flight and mass production of aircraft?

Here are some examples I've found on Wikipedia: Me-262: first flight 1942 July, introduced 1944 April. MiG-19: first flight 1953 Sep, introduced 1955 March. Dassault Mirage III: first flight 1956 ...
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Why are passenger and cargo airplane noses manufactured separately from fuselages and then put together?

I was wondering why the fuselage of a passenger airplane is not built along with the nose? It might be difficult to build fuselage and wings together as one unit, but nose is a small part. Then why is ...
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Do aircraft manufacturers have the authority to either approve or disapprove the maintenance procedures of its customers?

Having currently read this article in Wikipedia, linked through Reddit, regarding American Airlines Flight 191, which crashed due to maintenance issues. Inside the article, it says McDonnell-...
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Are aircraft designers in demand in Canada/US in near future? [closed]

I am a high school graduate who loves aircraft designing and are aiming to get into universities that has aerospace engineering majors. However, I have heard people saying that since aircraft ...
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What are the issues with building modular aircraft?

This might make sense as commercial aircraft basic design has remained the same for the last 50 years or so, but materials used have changed parts such as wings, landing gear, nose, tail, jet engine, ...
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