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How can Ural Airlines fly an A320 from an unpaved field after an emergency landing?

TLDR: cold winter will freeze the ground and make it hard enough. First, there was a similar case of Alrosa flight 514 that landed on a disused runway in Izhma in September 2010, was fixed and flew to ...
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Is the aircraft in this image real?

I am 100% sure this is fake. I found the same picture on Twitter in a tweet from April 28,2020 , but in higher resolution: You can see the registration on the aircraft clearly: D-AVXA. This ...
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Passenger window insert pops out mid-flight

Copied from https://thepointsguy.com/news/what-are-airplane-windows-made-of/: A cabin window consists of three panes: 1) an outer pane flush with the outside fuselage, 2) an inner pane — which has a ...
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Is the aircraft in this image real?

The question has already been thoroughly answered by DeltaLima, I'll just add that the original, unaltered, photo by Lars Hentschel can be found here: https://www.airliners.net/photo/IndiGo/Airbus-...
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How can a pilot fly a descent angle of 4° in an A320?

You're in luck: the Airbus A320 flight director has a special mode for exactly this: TRK/FPA (track and flight path angle): (image source) When you are on final approach, press the HDG V/S - TRK FPA ...
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Is there usually vertical movement between the wing and fuselage?

While all structures have some compliance, for all purposes, no. The wing-body join is going to be an extremely rigid set of fittings with numerous bolts attaching them. The wing itself is quite ...
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What’s the purpose of the small “hole” in front of wing root on A320-214?

My company's A320 also have that mystery hole. After a thorough search, it's the vent outlet hole for dumping the forward cargo compt air overboard, through the extraction fan (6HN) and outlet ...
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What is the max landing altitude of the Airbus A320 family?

According to the EASA (EU Aviation Safety Agency) type certification of the Airbus A320 series (which you can find here), the A320 family is certified to land at airports with an elevation of up to 14,...
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Why is it necessary to set the parking brake on for the walkaround on an A320?

There is something called a brake wear indicator on the bogie of the A320. To get an accurate reading from this, the parking brake needs to be on. It's not because if the brakes are off the plane will ...
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How can Ural Airlines fly an A320 from an unpaved field after an emergency landing?

Update - it didn't work :-( News reports as of January 12th 2024 say: "Ural Airlines has decided to dismantle its stranded A320 in a field in Siberia, instead of trying to retrieve it. The plane ...
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Radome replacement process for radome damaged by bird strike

I have experience in this area (not with Airbus). The airline will do whatever is (1) fastest and/or (2) cheapest. If the airplane can be ferried, say by applying speed tape over the damage and ...
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What does "ceo" stand for in Airbus A320ceo?

"In December 2010, Airbus announced the re-engined A320neo (new engine option), which entered service with Lufthansa in January 2016. With more efficient turbofans and improvements including ...
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How do you capture the localizer in an A320?

On the MCDU F-PLN page, select the arrival airport (LSK6L) and then select ARRIVAL (LSK1R). Then select the ILS approach you intend to fly. Make sure the ILS approach is now shown under APPR, e.g.: ...
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Could what happened to Yeti Airlines Flight 691 happen on an Airbus or Boeing?

The crash of Yeti Airlines Flight 691 on 15 January 2023 was caused by the PM inadvertently moving the propeller condition controls to the feathered position while attempting to set the flaps lever to ...
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Why does the A320 have APU separate MASTER SW and START buttons?

Are there cases that the APU MASTER SW is used but not the Start PB? Yes: diagnosis, emergency, and maintenance. Diagnosis Turning on the APU master switch without pressing the start button triggers ...
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What happens if you preselect your destination QNH during cruise?

Mode-C transponder reporting is done using QNE barometer settings, regardless of the QNH setting by the pilot. This precisely avoids the problem that you mention. The goal of the transponder is to ...
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By using the speed brake do we reduce the speed or do we increase the descent rate or does both happen simultaneously?

The two most common types of speed brakes are fuselage mounted and top of the wing mounted speed brakes. The effect of both types is the increase of drag. Top of the wing mounted speed brakes also ...
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What is the reason for aircraft AC power supply neutral wire not connected to chassis GND?

Electrical engineering question, but here is the idea. In short The usual earthing/grounding scheme used in large aircraft is TN-C. T indicates the source has its neutral connected to earth (ground). ...
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How reliable is the Airbus FAC calculated gross-weight?

This is old FMS. GWFK is AOA/FAC calculated, and used for Vls when landing. The GW in the lower ECAM is based on the figures you put in the FMS (fuel+ZFW). I believe the newer FMS gets Vls based on ...
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What does the suffix "A“ mean on specific PW1100G(A) engines?

It probably refers to "Advantage" series, PW1100G-JM Advantage. About 1% more thrust and uses a little less fuel. Certified in 2023 and entered service in 2024. https://prd-sc102-cdn.rtx.com/...
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What can happen if everyone congregates at the back of a parked plane?

Loading up the back of a plane can indeed cause it to tip backwards and come to rest on its over-rotation skid. For this reason, some planes actually come with a detachable strut that holds up the ...
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What is the thickness of an A320 radome?

It varies in different part numbers. Yes, Airbus offers a few designs to use. I'm not a structure expert, but I'm pretty sure the main difference is on their material, like Kevlar or Quartz, and how ...
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By using the speed brake do we reduce the speed or do we increase the descent rate or does both happen simultaneously?

Every implementation of a speed-brake that I've come across is basically a method of increasing drag, rather like putting your foot on the ground with a scooter, and slightly differently from most ...
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Why For A320, On ground, reopening of the pack valve is delayed for 30-60 seconds

But isn't it that the pack flow remains closed only for the side the master switch is on? This is correct, when the crossbleed valve is closed only one pack valve is closed and reopened with a delay. ...
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Height from the ground of aircrafts doors

Yes, the airframers' airport planning guides will have this information. Airbus Boeing/McDonnell Douglas Former Bombardier A220 CRJ and Dash 8 Embraer Door heights are usually specified as a range ...
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A320 When to arm approach on RNAV or LNAV

I have never heard that the APPR pushbutton should only be pressed when on the leg to the FAF. Pushing the button earlier will simply arm the respective modes and they will engage once the engagement ...
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On the A321neo, what determines the 'time to land' when an Additional Center Tank System Fault is triggered?

The reason for that flight time is due to the CG limitations. I don't have data from the 3 ACTs, but I found this revision of the AFM document of the A321 with 2 ACTs from FAA regarding this (link). ...
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