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User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5665 posts, RR: 20
Posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1776 times:

In one of those A vs. B pointless bashing threads there was mention of Iberia's A346 EC-IOB. I loaded all its pictures in the database and came accross this one:


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Is that screen in the middle really showing a camera feed from the top of the rudder? My question is: What is the importance in having that view for the pilots? I know some a/c have these cameras with live pictures taken from all over the a/c's exterior as part of their IFE, but why would pilots need that?

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User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1746 times:

What is the importance in having that view for the pilots?

The A340-600 is an extremely long aircraft. The tail-camera view is to assist the crew in taxiing and manoeuvring the jet around the airport surface.


User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 16991 posts, RR: 67
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1715 times:

They also have cameras showing the main gear.


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User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5665 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1662 times:

That's what I thought. But the wiew is straight forward over the fuselage with only parts of the wings visible, so I'm wondering what good does it do. I wouldn't ask if it was at wingtips, rear view of the wings from the cockpit or camera at the very tail...

User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 33
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1610 times:

I would think it has more to do with seeing where the main wheels are, in that it would be easier to judge where and how much to commence turns while taxiing, than for wingtip clearance issues.

Tom at MSY



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User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 16991 posts, RR: 67
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1601 times:

I'm guessing the white marks show the position of the gear, so you can tell on which side of taxiway markings the wheels will go.


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User currently offlineHirisk From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 223 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1469 times:

the 777 also has the cameras mounted on the tail for the same reason


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User currently offlineLHR27C From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 1279 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1415 times:

The A346 is, I understand, the only airliner in which none of the wings at all are visible from the cockpit, so cameras are very important.

Hirisk - the 773/773ER has similar cameras, but I'm not sure whether they're necessary on the 772.



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User currently offlineCX flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6582 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1299 times:

The 777 does not have cameras on the tail. The 773 and 773ER have cameras on the belly an on each horizontal stabiliser. They point to the main gears, as it is the gear going off the sides of the taxiway into grass and mud that we worry about. If we stay close to the centreline of the taxiway, the wingtips are taken care of by design of the taxiway and clearance area around.

User currently offlineVS346 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 339 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1260 times:

How cool would it be to have the cameras on during T/O and Landing  Big thumbs up

This relatively odd view reminds me of that Russian (I think?) aircraft that had a small window in the roof of the aft lavatory. You could see the tail I believe. There's a picture of it on the web or in the database but I"m too tired to look it up.

Cheers and good night,

VS346



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