A3204eva From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1060 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3490 times:
I believe the nose is white because it has something to do with the sun reflection. I think it has been painted yellow now because they found that not painting the nose didn't have much effect on the reflection from the sun into the pilots eyes.
Maybe someone else could fill in the gaps
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Ndebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2905 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3462 times:
@A3204eva: The nose used to be yellow before, the white nose is the new one.
Obviously they changed the nose recently, and as you can see on the ex-CO 733s, Ryanair doesn't care too much about the livery of their 733s, so I would have been very surprised if they had painted the new nose in yellow just for this one aircraft, the maintenance company's spare noses are probably painted like this - white with a ring.
My (tech/ops) question is: Why do they replace aircraft noses so frequently? I know that there is the radar under the nose, so they probably need to open / remove the nose from time to time for maintenance - but why don't they simply put the same nose again on the same aircraft, why do they use a new one?