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Why does JetBlue have aircraft registered in Germany?

I am the pilot who delivered this aircraft on Friday. The German registration remains on the aircraft up until the time we (JetBlue) purchase the aircraft. Prior to transfer of title, we perform a ...
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Why is tape being applied to this jet engine?

It's not duct tape. It's speed tape. Speed tape is an aluminum pressure-sensitive tape used to do minor repairs on aircraft and racing cars. It is used as a temporary repair material until a more ...
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What's that in front of the overhead panel?

That's where the analogue/backup compass is stowed. The compartment can be opened downward if you ever need to use the compass, as seen in this image:
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Why does JetBlue have aircraft registered in Germany?

That is a very very new aircraft. The notes on the jetphotos.com posting (photo taken 2/21/2021, uploaded 2/27/2021) say: the first A321neo for jetBlue with the Mint suites on board for North ...
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Why does the Boeing 737 have 5 x the passenger fatalities of the Airbus 320?

For one, the early 737s had a design flaw which allowed the rudder to reach a hard-over position, and get stuck there. Boeing initially dragged their feet in rectifying this, so it took a number of ...
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Placement of positioning lights on A320 winglets

Position lights are only visible in certain sectors (see image). The red and green lights on the wings are not supposed to be visible from behind. Image source: Learn to fly
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What does this black triangle placard on board an A320 denote?

If there is a problem on-board and the crew is unsure about the condition of the aircraft, the triangle indicates what window should be used to inspect flaps, slats or engines or look out for icing. ...
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What are these Lights on the Center Column between Cockpit Windows on the A320?

These are not lights, they are the Eye Reference Indicators. They are used to find the correct seating position. You adjust your seat such that the white ball is exactly hidden behind the red ball on ...
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Is an Airbus A319 allowed to fly with a missing flap track fairing?

Fully permitted according to this Configuration Deviation List for the A320: One fairing may be partly or completely missing. There are more posts about this occurring. As Noah Krasser points out, ...
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Placement of positioning lights on A320 winglets

There are three position lights. Red, Green and White. The red and green ones are placed on the wings and should be visible from the front and side up to an angle of ±110 degrees from the longitudinal ...
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Why was there a rattling noise coming from the left engine of A319?

Yes indeed, the fan blades are loose and rattle in their sockets when the fan is freewheeling in the wind. Once the engine is running, centrifugal forces will make sure they do not rattle any longer. ...
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Why is the Airbus A320 permitted to carry 180 passengers, instead of the maximum 179 allowed?

See Page 9 of TCDS A.064 ANNEX - Airbus A318, A319, A320, A321 - Special Conditions TCDS A.064 ANNEX - Airbus A318, A319, A320, A321 - Special Conditions ...
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What is the white pattern on trim wheel for?

The white marks make it easy to see if the trim wheel is moving, which would be tricky if it was entirely black. But wouldn't the pilot always know if they was spinning the trim wheel? Remember that ...
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Does the ditching switch allow an A320 to float indefinitely?

The answer is no, not totally, but it would really slow things down. I don't think anybody knows the precise answer because only flat water ditchings seem to result in the airplane stopping in the ...
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How much training does an A320 pilot need to fly an A321?

From Flight Training International: Airbus A320 Type Rating The Airbus A320 family of jet airliners consists of five aircraft: the A318, A319, A320, A321 jet airliners and ACJ ...
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What is this yellow section around the cockpit window?

You're right. The aft no. 3 fixed window has a reusable retainer with 2 rows of fasteners- one for holding the window glass and another for attaching to the fuselage, as can be seen in this PPG ...
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Why does the Boeing 737 have 5 x the passenger fatalities of the Airbus 320?

Raw numbers like this are more-or-less useless. You would have to plot the accidents against the year to even begin to have something reasonable. You also need to remove non-airframe accidents like: ...
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Is freezing of windows normal in airlines?

Was it anything to be concerned No Should I have brought it to the notice of the airline crew? Yes, but not because it is a safety issue. Tell them so they can deal with it to give the next ...
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What is more environmentally friendly? An A320 or a car?

I'm going to simplify and assume that jets and cars burn the same fuel, and output the same exhaust, CO2, NOx and all. I'm going to compare only short-haul flights against cars. According to ...
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What are those gray spots on the wing?

They are rivet ends. The paint seems to have a hard time sticking to those, not an uncommon sight on older planes. Thanks to Darrel Hoffman's comment, I did some digging: The phenomenon is known as ...
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What is this turbine engine panel that opens on landing?

What you saw is the thrust reverser of the engine, which redirects some of the airflow forwards and therefore helps slowing the aircraft down. The grid like structure are the cascade vanes. This is ...
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How can some stretched derivative airplanes have longer range while most have less?

When aircraft are stretched, they usually just receive extra fuselage plugs on both sides of the wing: wing redesigns are incredibly expensive and take a long time. So the longer aircraft has a higher ...
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Did A320 NEO need an equivalent to 737 MAX MCAS because of its bigger engines?

The A320 and 737 have very different flight control architectures. The 737 has physical cables that transmit pilot (or autopilot) input directly to the hydraulic actuators. This was common in the ...
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Why cruise at 7000' in an A319?

The only reason for your flight to operate at such low altitude is because it is cheaper for them to do so. As you said it is due to weather, other route/altitude may not be available. They can ...
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What does the "High Alt Landing" guarded push button on the A320 exactly do?

The button raises the altitude at which the oxygen masks in the cabin automatically deploy. When landing at a high elevation airport, the masks might otherwise deploy during approach when the cabin ...
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How can I calculate the fuel consumption of an Airbus 320-200 at various loads?

If you need precise values, you need to provide much more detail. Fuel consumption is affected by many parameters; see this answer for more detail. For a precise estimate it will be best to employ a ...
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