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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 are these five indicators at the front of the 737 passenger cabin?

As a passenger I noticed set of five indicators on ceiling at the front of the 737 passenger cabin. They are: red, yellow (or white), blue, white, red. Red ones seem to be coupled together (what ...
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Commercial jet accompanied by small plane near Seattle

From the South Beach Campground on the western shore of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State we observed this unusual formation: I only had a Sony RX100 at hand but perhaps the image quality is ...
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What is the cause of unusually strong wake turbulence from the 757?

The Boeing 757 (at least in the US) is in a special class of its own with respect to air traffic control wake turbulence advisories and separation. This is apparently due to it producing stronger wake ...
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What is the difference between Boeing 73G, 73H and 737?

I found a data source, where Boeing 737 could be encoded with the following values - 733, 734, ...
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What is the maximum safe bank angle of a 747?

This question arose during the comments of another question, linked for the curious: What does it take to turn a 747 around 180 degrees? Because the discussion was interesting, (and to avoid ...
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Why has the 777x been designed with folding wingtips?

I recently visited the Boeing factory outside Seattle, WA and noted in the distance a new 777x being built with, what looked like very large winglets. However, on closer inspection they're not - the ...
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What does “Boeing” mean?

We know about the existence of Boeing planes like the 737, 747, and other planes. But where did the name "Boeing" come from?
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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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Can one pilot lock the other out of the cockpit?

One seemingly plausible theory about the MH370 disappearance is that one or other of the pilots locked the other one out of the cockpit and then depressurised the cabin. However, this answer mentions ...
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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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What is this open panel at the rear of this airplane?

I saw this photo at another interesting question: There's an open square panel. What is it? P.S. Any tag suggestions are welcome. All I could think of was "tail". EDIT: are there any other tags for ...
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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 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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Does the B787 (Dreamliner) operate with higher cabin pressure?

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner's fuselage is almost completely made of composite carbon fibre material, which is not susceptible to metal fatigue. The main reason why the cabin pressure in a pressurized ...
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What does 3Q8 mean in the aircraft model Boeing 767-3Q8?

I have aircraft types like Boeing 767-3Q8, Boeing 767-33A, Boeing 767-3P6ER and many others. ...
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Why did the first Boeing B17 test flight crash on takeoff?

Wikipedia says that the control surfaces were locked. What does this mean, and if the control surfaces cannot be moved, how did the aircraft get into the air in the first place?
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What is a “Pod-Pak”?

The following image, from the Qantas Heritage Collection (via aussieairliners.org), shows the flight crew inspecting the 'Pod-Pak' prior to departure: Based on the angle of their heads, I'd assume it'...
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With the upgrade of the 737 to the Max model, what major changes are incorporated?

The Boeing 737 was originally designed in the 1960's and flew into the 1980's before a major redesign (the 737-700, -800, and -900 models) was implemented. Coming up in a few years will be the next ...
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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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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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Why aren't 757 scimitar winglets flush with the ailerons?

Over my many past flights aboard 757s, I have seen changes being implemented with their design. One of which was notably their refit of scimitar winglets. Although one of their most notable ...
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Why didn’t Boeing ramp 737NG production back up in response to the 737 MAX groundings?

The predecessor of the currently-grounded 737 MAX is the 737 Next Generation (737NG), produced from 1997 through 2019. The NG family (comprising the 737-600, -700, -800, and -900) is extremely ...
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Is it possible to use reverse thrust while airborne? [duplicate]

I play a flight-sim called X Plane. The other day while I was approaching an airport a little too fast and knew I couldn't slow down in time. I decided to use the reverse thrust while I was still in ...
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What was Boeing's competitor to the C-5?

Doing some of my airplane learning, I have come across a point many times that the engines for the Boeing 747 (at least partially) came from Boeing's competitor to the C-5 Galaxy. What was this plane ...
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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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What is the purpose of the inlet doors of the Pratt & Whitney JT3D?

I have a question about the 707 Engine Inlet Doors, according to Wikipedia the Pratt & Whitney JT3D inlet doors purpose is to provide additional air. Is the thrust higher on more air intake? And ...
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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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Is this takeoff of a 767 in bad weather conditions a normal procedure?

In this video, a 767 takes off in bad weather conditions. The comments of the video aren't very professional, so I ask here: Is this a legitimate takeoff? Some comments say that this was a close ...
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Airplane generations - how does it work?

I was reading about Atlas B763 that was involved in an accident on Feb 23rd, 2019. Based on what I read plane was 25 years or so old. As a person who has no relationship about aviation industry ...
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Did Boeing really use ferrets to run wires through aircraft during construction?

I've seen many articles on the internet (here, here & here) claiming that Boeing used a team of ferrets to run cables through hard to reach areas when building aeroplanes, but I've never seen any ...
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Can the 747 be re-engined as a twin? [closed]

Since more and more airlines are dropping the 747 for the 777 or equivalent due to fuel efficiency, a theoretical question came to mind. What do you think is preventing Boeing from creating a 747 ...
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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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Why didn't Boeing produce its own regional jet?

Boeing, although it produced many larger narrowbodies, never designed its own regional jet; the only regional jet it ever produced was the DC-9 (from 1997 through 2006, in the DC-9-80 and DC-9-90 ...
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Where can I go to sit in the cockpit of a Boeing?

This might sound like a silly question to some, but is it possible to go and sit in the cockpit of a Boeing 737, somewhere in the UK? (Otherwise in Europe, or beyond). Maybe at a museum or something? ...
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What is the difference between “Land 2” and “Land 3” annunciations for Boeing autopilot systems?

Another question's answers refer to certain Boeing jets having the capability to annunciate "Land 2" and "Land 3" when flying a coupled ILS approach. What does each of these modes require, and allow, ...
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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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If all engines fail in a Boeing, how heavy are the flight controls?

Consider a large airliner with no Fly-By-Wire controls, such as a Boeing 747 or 767. All the engines have failed, the Ram Air Turbine is deployed, and the plane is gliding. How heavy are the flight ...
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Is the descent performance of the PMDG 737-800 accurate?

I often fly the PMDG 737-800 (with winglets) in my home simulator and most of the time, I find it hard to slow the aircraft down for landing when I descend. Most of the time, I need to deploy the ...
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Do airliners like Boeing and Airbus use airfoil variation along the span for their wings?

Airfoil variation will make a significant difference in airflow over the wing, thus proper variation according to the lift profile should improve the overall aerodynamic performance. But by how much? ...
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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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What happened to the Boeing Y3 aircraft?

What happened to the Boeing Y3 aircraft? Did they ever produce a fully functional prototype? What is the likelihood that it will ever be produced, and when will they start production?
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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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What to do when pneumatic air cycle kit stops working mid-flight on Boeing 737-800?

If you are flying a B738 at FL390, and one PACK (pneumatic air cycle kit) becomes inoperable, do you have to descend to FL250? If so, do you need to divert for fuel?
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How could a twin aisle aircraft (Boeing NMA) ever have a single aisle (A321) economics?

I understand from this discussion about the Boeing 757 and 767 that drag is directly related to the front area of the airframe, hence flight efficiency of the dual aisle aircraft can only be ...
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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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Is the 737-800 a different plane from the 737 MAX 8?

I am flying on March 16 from Barbados to Toronto on a Westjet Boeing 737-800 also referred to as an aircraft type 73H on my ticket. Is this a different plane from the Boeing 737 MAX 8, grounded by ...
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Does the pilot still have final control authority on modern Boeing airplanes?

In this answer it is said that Boeing (contrary to Airbus) gives final authority to pilots, but the example is about a 747-100(SP). This answer states, that modern Boeings have have a lot of fly-by-...