Photographer's Note

After visiting Switzerland, Slovakia and Germany I left via Zurich airport to Singapore. It was rainy day, but rain did not stop the airport operation, as you can see through my lens.

Swiss Airbus 320-214 during take-off phase leaving water-spray behind.
Airbus 320 family is company’s significant sales success and a technological trailblazer. The 150 seat A320 is the foundation and best-selling member of the family.

The A320 is perhaps best known as the first airliner to introduce a fly-by-wire control system - where control inputs from the pilot are transmitted to the flying surfaces by electronic signals rather than mechanical means.

Apart from a small weight saving, the advantage of Airbus' fly-by-wire is that as it is computer controlled, an inbuilt flight envelope protection makes it virtually impossible to exceed certain flight parameters such as G limits and the aircraft's maximum and minimum operating speeds and angle of attack limits.

Also integral to the A320 is the advanced electronic flight-deck, with six fully integrated EFIS colour displays and innovative side-stick controllers rather than conventional control columns. The A320 also employs a relatively high percentage of composite materials compared to earlier designs. Two engines are offered, the CFM56 and IAE V2500.

The A320 program was launched in March 1982, first flight occurred on February 22 1987, while certification was awarded on February 26 1988. Launch customer Air France took delivery of its first A320 in March that year. The first V2500 engined A320 was delivered to Adria Airways in May 1989.

The initial production version was the A320-100, which was built in only small numbers before being replaced by the definitive A320-200 (certificated in November 1988) with increased max take-off weight, greater range and winglets.

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