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:


The A320 saw entry into service on 18 April 1988 with Air France. About a year later Flight International covered the dispatch topic. For British Airways – whose initial acquisition of the A320 was through the British Caledonian takeover, and not an order – the problems weren't with the plane, but with the Boeing culture that had to adapt. Otherwise there ...


The pilots do not manually trim an Airbus in pitch. The flight control computers provide automatic trim: The normal-law flight mode is a load-factor-demand mode with automatic trim and protection throughout the flight envelope. Following normal law, the sidestick controllers set the elevators and THS to maintain load factor proportional to stick ...

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