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A company which designs or manufactures aircraft and/or aircraft parts

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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 In 14 CFR 135—and ...
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What is the regulatory process for new blade/fan/vane approval in the US?

What is the regulatory process for new blade/fan/vane approval in the US? and When is regulatory approval required? For example, if I am currently helping to make already approved parts it is not ...
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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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How do small planes cross oceans? [duplicate]

I've often flown short flights around the US on aircraft built by non-American companies whose range is less than is required to make a traditional Atlantic crossing. The Airbus A319-100, for ...
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What was the yearly number of MiG-15's produced?

Wikipedia's article on the MiG-15 only states a basic number of 12,000 produced natively, with up to 6,000 more produced in other countries. But it does not list any years for this. When did mass-...
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What is the stress tolerance of landing gear of commercial aircraft?

Context: The landing skills of commercial airline pilots vary widely -- ranging from the ability to routinely make feather-touch landings and taxi and almost imperceptible deceleration on the one hand,...
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Why is the C-xx aircraft series used by multiple manufacturers?

Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules Boeing C-17 Globemaster III Cessna C172 Unlike A and B, why is C used by various manufacturers? Are there any copyrights for such alphabets used in aircraft ...
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Are there any programs to build a hydrogen powered airplane?

So called "renewable energy" is a buzzword these days. Auto manufacturers are starting to roll out hydrogen powered cars. Hydrogen may not currently be the most efficient or economic fuel for jet ...
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Is there a good source for estimating the per unit cost breakdown for a classic GA plane like the Cessna 172?

For instance, on a Cessna 172 what percent is spent on: Raw materials Labor actually manufacturing the plane Testing the completed individual planes R&D Making the plane (at this point, very ...
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Why are some aircraft built in a single country, whereas others are a collaboration of many countries? [closed]

The USA has developed numerous aircraft; Sweden developed the JAS Gripen and France developed the Rafale, by themselves. But most of the modern aircraft developed by the UK and Germany needed ...
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Regular procedure followed by the pilots before takeoff? [closed]

What are the list of procedures (checks) followed by A320 and A380? Are these procedures decided by the airlines and (or) the manufacturer, or by the Civil Aviation Regulatory Authority of the ...
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Why is the manufacturing process of an aircraft mostly manual?

Why is the manufacturing process mostly done by humans, and not by robots as in case of most other industries?Video
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How is it possible for manufacturers to constantly get data from their planes all over the world?

I've heard that manufacturers (like Boeing and Airbus) constantly get data from their planes. So in the case of an emergency, ATC's or pilots can contact the manufacturers for assistance. How do ...
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Are there pictures of unassembled planes being transported around? [closed]

My google-fu is failing me here. A friend was telling me about the assembly of carbon-fibre planes, and how the huge parts of these need to be transported long distances between countries. Are ...
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How are GA aircraft ferried from factories?

It's relatively easy to transport jet aircraft like Airbus and Boeing: most of them have a long range, and a few hops at most would get them to the owner. But how would a Cessna manufactured in U.S. ...
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How long does it take Boeing to develop an aircraft?

How long does it typically take Boeing to make a new plane model (e.g the 787), from the moment they decide to make a plane (the moment they decide to create a new 7X7) to the moment the first plane (...
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How does Boeing park several airplanes on a single runway at Paine Field?

On DigitalGlobe, I saw the following picture in an article, which talks about some of the best aerial shots of 2014. Paine Field, Washington Questions 1) Did the plane, highlighted with a yellow ...
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When buying airliners what is the difference between “orders”, “options” and “purchase rights”?

I've often seen announcements by aircraft manufacturers or operators along these lines "Qantas announced today that they will buy 10 A380's and have taken options on another 10". What does it mean to ...
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Do aircraft manufacturers produce their own black boxes?

Do the manufacturers who build airplanes use their own "black boxes" in the planes, or are there companies whose sole purpose is to develop black boxes? For example, in 2010 in the Airblue Flight 202 ...
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Are there any serious plans for a new supersonic civilian aircraft? [closed]

Since the retirement of the Concorde and the Tupolev Tu-144, there aren't any civilian airplanes (passengers carrier or business jet) flying supersonic. I heard that Dassault and SAAB had rather ...