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A320 History brief

The first member of the Airbus family of FBW aircraft (the A320) was launched in March 1984, and made its maiden flight on 22 February 1987. First deliveries started in 1988. The aircraft series went on to include the A321 (delivered 1994), the A319 (1996), and the A318 (2003). The A320 aircraft pioneered the use of digital fly-by-wire flight control system, as well as side-stick controls, in commercial aircraft. There has been a continuous improvement process since introduction.

Good to know Weights & Speeds

Before your airbus simulator preparation session we include useful information in this section of our website.

A320 typical training weights & flap speeds

  • ZFW 57.4 T
  • FUEL 6 T
  • GW 62.4 T
  • Take-Off Config 1 or 2
  • FLEX 50
  • Landing Flaps FULL
    • V1 128KT
    • Vr 138KT
    • V2 141KT
    • vApp 138KT

Typical Pitch & Power Settings A320

  • TOGA 15 to 18UP  (86% to 98% N1)
    • FLEX 50 => 86%N1
    • CLB  => 84% N1
  • CLB / ACCELERATION 7.5 to 10UP
  • Descent 1500fpm 250KTS 2.5UP
  • Descent 1500fpm 210KTS 1UP

A320 Simulator Flap Speeds (sim training ref only)

  • Green Dot (clean) 210KTS
  • S speed (Config 1) – 190KTS
  • F Speed Flap 2 – 150KTS
  • F Speed Flap 3 – 145KTS
  • Full Flap – vApp 138KTS

PF / PNF speed and flap call examples:

TO PHASE (CONFIG 1 TO)

Passing Flap S on speed tape. PF: “Flaps Zero” PNF: “Speed checked Flaps Zero”

APPROACH PHASE

10KTS above (example) Green Dot (210kts) on speed tape. PF: “Flaps 1, select S speed” PNF: “Speed checked, Flaps 1″

Limiting speeds for first stage of flap (config 1) 230KTS.

 Dimensions

Overall length 123 ft 3 in 37.57 m
Cabin length 90 ft 3 in 27.51 m
Fuselage width 13 ft 0 in 3.95 m
Max cabin width 12 ft 1 in 3.70 m
Wing span (geometric) 117 ft 5 in with Sharklets 35.80 m with Sharklets
Height 38 ft 7 in 11.76 m
Track 24 ft 11 in 7.59 m
Wheelbase 41 ft 5 in 12.64 m

Capacity

Pax
Typical seating 150 (2-class)
Max 180
Freight
LD3 capacity underfloor 7 LD3-45W 7 LD3-45W
Max pallet number underfloor 7 7
Bulk hold volume 208 ft³ 5.90 m³
Total volume (Bulk loading) 1322 ft³ 37.40 m³

Performance

Range 3 300 nm with Sharklets 6 100 km with Sharklets
Mmo M0.82
Max ramp weight 162.9 (172.8) lb x 1000 73.9 (78.4) tonnes
Max take-off weight 162.0 (172.0) lb x 1000 73.5 (78.0) tonnes
Max landing weight 142.2 (145.5) lb x 1000 64.5 (66.0) tonnes
Max zero fuel weight 134.5 (137.8) lb x 1000 61.0 (62.5) tonnes
Max fuel capacity up to 6 400 (7 190) USG up to 24 210 (27 200) litres

A320 Technical Dimensions

airbus dimensions

A320 Dimensions

Airbus A320 antennas

A320 Antenna Locations

A320 Antenna Locations

Additionally to the 737, the A320 has the benefit of a third channel for the ILS. As such you have available to you to display:-

VOR 1

VOR 2

ILD/DME (independent of nav1 & nav2)

ADF 1

ADF 2

Airbus flight controls

A320 Flight Controls

Flight Controls A320

A320 flight Controls Expanded

Expanded Flight Controls

Expanded Flight Controls

A320 turn radias

Turn

Turn dimensions

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