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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 series of ground tests and flight checks. This is all accomplished while Airbus still owns the aircraft. Once any discrepancies are corrected, and we accept the ...


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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 permanent repair can be carried out. Probably just got a bit of a gap around the cowling or perhaps a loose fastener or two. It's common practice for sealing ...


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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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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 American flying and the new "Ribbons" tail design...delivered 26.02.2021 as N2501J Delivered only yesterday! The N-number must be a typo, because N2501J is ...


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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 accidents before this design flaw was corrected. This is a major contributor to the high number of fatalities in the early operational years. To have a more ...


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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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In flight mode the stick commands a load-factor. Which means it will be impossible to flare the aircraft, because as you pull on the stick, you'll be commanding a positive g-load. Because of this the Airbus has a flare mode which activates at 50' RA. At 50' the pitch angle is stored (memorized). At 30' the aircraft commands a 2° nose down (it takes 8 ...


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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 your side: Since the A300 Airbus has provided an eye reference indicator on the centre structure of the windshield in all Airbus aircraft (fig.3). It enables ...


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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, it looks fairly dodgy to observant passengers. This is the "Master" list, i.e. the safe and approved baseline. Some airlines may have changes in their own ...


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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. This saves important time in case of an emergency, as the crew doesn't has to search the right window to look out. For example if there is a failure of the ...


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Disabling the protections can technically be achieved. I say technically because there is not one scenario that Airbus has envisioned that would require the pilots to deliberately go into direct-law. The imposed limit in the question is something called alpha-protection -- a protection against pulling back too much that the plane stalls. Stalling is bad. ...


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There are many factors that would increase the business cost for taking an operation across the Atlantic/borders: ETOPS Crew accommodation overseas Acquiring airport slots in Europe Aircraft cycles (two flights for one destination) Cruise speed (being 10-12% slower is huge over long distances) Geography, especially latitude. I will focus on the sixth point,...


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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 axis. The white light is usually placed on the tail (or trailing edge of the wings) and should be visible from behind the aircraft, 70 degrees to either side. ...


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You're right. But it's not because of the slats. It's because of what the plane is doing when the slats are being used. The slat position is used in some system logic because it's indicative of a takeoff and approach. For example, on the MD-11 the engine ignition is automatically put into continuous mode when the slats are operated, because that's ...


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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 EQUIVALENT SAFETY FINDING E-2107: Passenger Extension to 180 APPLICABILITY: A320 REQUIREMENTS: JAR 25.807 ADVISORY MATERIAL: N/A ...


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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 the autopilot can also adjust the trim, which might not be obvious to the pilot. The visual marks make it easy for the pilots to see what the autopilot is doing....


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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. The base of the fan blades have a shape like a fir tree, and they slide into sockets on the fan disk with a loose fit. When the fan is spinning slowly, they ...


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In the event of a water evacuation, there is a line associated with each overwing exit that is extended, and clips to that yellow bracket, as a guide to get everyone out on the wing. From Wikipedia, these are for overwing exits. The use of overwing exits in a ditching varies from airline to airline. On aircraft fitted with overwing exits, there is ...


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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 water in one piece (such as 1549 and a similar one in Malaysia) and flat water incidents (like Malaysia and some airport overruns) are usually in shallows where ...


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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 business jet. Only one type rating is required to fly these Airbus aircraft, as they have similar flight decks. To earn a type rating for these Airbus ...


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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 document- this is the two rows of fasteners in the image. A320 aft window, image from Cockpit Windows Technical Data from PPG Aerospace My guess is that there was ...


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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: under-full-control crashes like controlled flight into terrain (pilot screwups have nothing to do with the airframe, and account for a lot of accidents) weather-...


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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 passenger a nicer experience. What is happening is no different than a glass of ice water sitting on your kitchen counter. The warmer side of the glass (the outside)...


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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 Wikipedia, an A-320-NEO does 1.95L/100km per seat. Assuming flying at 80% capacity, that gives us 2.4L/100km per seat. According to The Car Guide, a 2019 Honda Civic ...


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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 rivet rash. “Rivet rash” refers to selective loss of paint from aluminum rivet heads on in-service aircraft, as shown in Figures 1 and 2 and 3. Airlines are ...


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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 what it looks like inside the engine: (Airbus A380 FCOM - Engines - Thrust Reverser System) The blue arrows indicate the flow of the so called bypass air, which ...


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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 empty weight, and due to the unchanged wing design the fuel capacity remains the same - this reduces range. The aircraft is fuel limited. Conversely, if ...


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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 1960's when the airplane was first designed. This means that the airplane handling comes down to the aerodynamics and the pilot input. The 737 MAX presented an ...


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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 cancel the flight but that is likely to be costly. They may have to find accomodation for you and crew until they can put you to the next flight. Sub-optimal flight ...


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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 simulation software; see the answers to this question for more detail. If you are just interested in a general estimate, the venerable Breguet equation will ...


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