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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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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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Manufacturers will do whatever it takes to score an order, so it's not uncommon for an OEM to take old aircraft on trade with a new order, especially if they are from the same maker. The OEM I worked for had a used aircraft sales division that was mainly used to unload trade-ins.


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The Boeing 737 predates the use of supercritical airfoils at Boeing (which again predate the work of Whitcomb, but I digress). In order to keep changes to a minimum, the 737 wing airfoils only got the equivalent of a "nose job" over the years to bring their drag divergence Mach number up. Note that regional airliners fly a bit slower than ...


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Preface I've answered this before, but I need to revisit it with references -- I previously got one part right, but missed the real reason. As others have commented, the rationale of fitting into the wheel well is still questionable -- the A330 arrangement does not fit the bill for that reason and others, especially that during retraction it un-tilts and ...


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The priority button is not normally used when taking over controls from the other pilot. Even in Airbus the control hand over is done verbally. The pilot who wants the control says, 'I have controls' and the pilot who gives the control says, 'You have controls.' Or if the flying pilot wants to give the controls to the pilot monitoring, he/ she says, 'You ...


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When I did my initial type rating on the Airbus it was rare to find the aircraft in normal law. The thing is most of the complex failures such as dual hydraulic failures, emergency electrical configuration, multiple ADR failures, dual radio altimeters etc always has an effect of downgrading aircraft control laws. The first time I flew in alternate law was in ...


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Even if ADR and IR perform two independent and separate functions, they are the same hardware object (example). A IR2 malfunction is a malfunction: you do not know, in general, what is causing the problem of IR2 and it can possibly be a common problem (maybe undetected on ground by the ADR2). For example, in the ADIRS Honeywell manual you can find in the IR ...


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An RNAV approach in the Boeing 737 is usually flown in LNAV/VNAV mode, meaning the Flight Management Computer (FMC) provides both lateral and vertical guidance. A VOR approach can be flown by manually dialing in the VOR frequency into the NAV radio and dialing in a course, which can then be tracked using VOR/LOC mode. Vertical guidance may be provided by ...


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Electrical, connected to one of the AC buses. This is an example, absorbing 620 watts/m^2.


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