Airbus A320




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transport
US$68 - 104 million
two
turbofan
2 x 26,500 lbs. ea.
93,000 lbs.
170,000 lbs.
53,625 lbs.
148 (typical)
123 ft. 3 in.
111 ft. 10 in.
522 mph
560 mph
2,400 fpm
39,000 feet
3,500 miles
2/22/87
1988
Airbus A320
Airbus A320
The Airbus A320 is the aircraft that introduced fully digitized fly by wire to sub-sonic commercial aviation flying. It was deployed in the late 1980's to compete with popular short and mid range medium size jet aircraft of the time. Initially the new aircraft was able to obtain sales due to its advanced technology. The technology resulted in greater fuel economy than competing airliners. However, as other aircraft incorporated similar technologies, this advantage was quickly negated. A total of over 8,780 Airbus A320 aircraft have been built to date.
Airbus A320
Airbus A320
The Airbus A320 built from Norbert Rauch plans by Heinz Ernstberger is also available as a short kit. Its has a wingspan of 84" and a length of 93". Construction is a foam fuselage, balsa over foam wings, and a fiberglass nose. Power comes from 90 mm EDF units, but can also be a pair of 5 1/2 lb. thrust turbines. All up weight is about 18 lbs.
Tian Sheng has the Airbus A320 as a kit, ARF, or RTF.  It has a 53" wingspan and 60" length. Power is by a pair of 3200 Kv motors turning 56 mm fans. Weight is around 4 lbs.