MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14807 posts, RR: 61
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4933 times:
Changed a slat on an A300-600 a few weeks ago (big dent through a bird strike). The polished surface came covered with a red oil paper to be removed after installation.
I assume they put a similar protective foil over the radome.
For the small pieces, I think they are tape to cover static ports or holes, where e.g. pitot tubes or other sensors are still to be installed, red to make sure that they wouldn´t be forgotten before flight.
Jacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 15277 posts, RR: 58
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 5 days ago) and read 3932 times:
Ok, I've already expressed my views on this board regarding the BumbleBee 380 (i.e. The A3-fugly), but I'm waiting to see how it looks in Airbus house colours.........never know...so I'm not going to prejudge until they show the final product (at least on the cosmetic side)..
Unattendedbag From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2397 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 2271 times:
"where e.g. pitot tubes or other sensors are still to be installed, red to make sure that they wouldn´t be forgotten before flight."
Airbus 1: "Toulouse Tower, this is Airbus 1 heavy, we are taxiing out of hangar 10 and are ready to join the queue."
Toulouse Tower: "Airbus 1 heavy, you have been cleared to taxi down kilo to runway 14R. Hold short and await clearance on this frequency."
Airbus 1: "Toulouse Tower, preflight checks are complete, we are standing by for release."
Toulouse Tower: "Good to hear Airbus 1 heavy, at 1 DME turn right 1-8-0, clear for... Standby Airbus 1 heavy, I see you only have 2 engines and there is red tape all over your fuselage. Are you sure you are ready for this maiden flight?"
Airbus 1: "Standby Toulouse Tower, preflight checks didn't mention anything about tape on the skin of the aircraft... perhaps we should return to the hangar. We would like clearance to taxi to hangar 10."
Toulouse Tower: "Request approved."
I don't think the red tape is there so they will "remember" that they are not finished building the aircraft.
It is probably there to keep out the rain. It seems to be rainy/foggy in every picture taken of this aircraft.
Jetmek319 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 199 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (11 years 1 month 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2036 times:
The red material on the radome is a plastic protection coating. It will come off during final painting of the aircraft. It is also on the A318/319/321 in HAM during final assembly line. The radomes are actually black on the outside and an aqua color inside.