Questions tagged [hypotheticals]

Questions regarding hypothetical situations in aviation, and how they would play out if they were to actually occur (regardless of how unlikely this might be).

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How are fly-by-wire airliners controlled in case of complete electrical failure?

In this comment, it is postulated that even fly-by-wire aircraft (Airbus) are demonstrated to fly without any electrical systems. All Airbus aircraft are demonstrated controllable with complete ...
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Which airliners could survive an EMP pulse?

The incredibly bad, postapocalyptic tv series Revolution begins with a mysterious event that causes all electrical systems to fail all over the globe. Even batteries don't work anymore. In the first ...
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Is it possible to survive a free fall from an airliner at cruise altitude?

If an airliner were to breakup in flight, and a passenger were ejected from the cabin, would it be possible to survive the fall? Assume that the aircraft broke up at a cruise altitude 30,000-35,000 ...
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What are the limits to lateral Centre of Gravity imbalances?

I've never seen lateral CG limits prescribed for aircraft (though I have very imited experience in this realm). Presumably, aircraft are designed to keep the center of balance as close as possible to ...