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Main Landing Gear Of Airbus A320  
User currently offlineAak777 From Qatar, joined Apr 2001, 284 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4969 times:

There are 2 designes, Why???


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User currently offlineDba4U From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 665 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4935 times:

Indian Airlines is the only airline operating A320's with the double wheel main gear. They need it since they're using their A320's to airfields with poor runway condition which a single bogey main gear couldn't manage.

User currently offlineOV735 From Estonia, joined Jan 2004, 913 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4928 times:

An 8-wheel undercarriage can be very useful on runways that aren't in the best shape, and having that in mind, Indian Airlines ordered some of it's A320's in such configuration.

Rough-field performance is also why most Russian planes have larger undercarriages than their Western counterparts (Tu-154 with 12 wheels versus B727 with 4 for example).


User currently offlineRedFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4329 posts, RR: 28
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4707 times:

Wow! That is too cool! I didn't know Airbus offered that option. Is it in fact an option for any buyer or did they make the mod specifically in order to win the deal with Indian Airlines? I realize once they make a mod for one customer they can then offer it to others but what I mean is, was Indian Airlines the genesis for offering the option?


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User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17040 posts, RR: 66
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4657 times:

Sure they can make it for you, but you'd have to pay extra AND then own a heavier plane with less value on the pre-owned market.

Indian Airlines was the genesis of the option, and the only airline ever to order it.



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User currently offlineRedFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4329 posts, RR: 28
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4601 times:

I can't imagine Indian Airlines would be the only carrier that would need such a mod. Indeed, I would think as the 320 ages and more of them are on the used market, some one will get the idea of flying cargo into the outback in some corner of the globe and would need a landing configuration like that.

Or is that an incorrect assumption on my part?

I'm basing the assumption on the fact that if someone would want to fly limited cargo into out of the way places they'd want to pick up 320's with the mod and not have to make the mod ($$$) to standard a/c.



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User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17040 posts, RR: 66
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 4479 times:

Quoting RedFlyer (Reply 5):
I can't imagine Indian Airlines would be the only carrier that would need such a mod. Indeed, I would think as the 320 ages and more of them are on the used market, some one will get the idea of flying cargo into the outback in some corner of the globe and would need a landing configuration like that.

Or is that an incorrect assumption on my part?

Well, the mod is really quite costly and if you really need rough field ability you may be better off buying something else. Sure, it might be useful on the used market but a 320 with traditional gear is more likely to sell since most operators use paved runways. If you are the original operator you buy to your specs, not the possible ones of a second owner 10-15 years later.



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 4394 times:

Also heard the Vendor supplying the Bogie Gear L/G closed shop.
So IA may be forced to replace them with the Convential Two Wheel L/G in the Future.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 4389 times:

IC doesn't even require the 4 wheel bogies anymore since all the runways they are operating the A320 on have now been upgraded and can accomodate "regular" A320s.

User currently offlineVS74741R From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 272 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 4376 times:

I wouldn't mind seeing the A321 with the 8 wheel landing gear. It would almost look as good as the 757  wink 


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User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3238 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4179 times:

Sorry VS75741R, no A321 has the double bogey gear. As mentioned only the 30 A320s originally purchased by Indian Airlines have this feature. 1 of them was lost in a crash in 1990, the others continue to fly. Those will certainly be very tricky planes to sell unless some operator purchases the entire batch.

TrintoCan.



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User currently offlineUA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4143 times:

Well you also have to take into consideration the fact that these aircraft are now close to 15 years old...

Thanks,

Matt



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User currently offlineAirIndia From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4041 times:

Quoting OV735 (Reply 2):
Russian planes have larger undercarriages

I remember seeing TU154s being given a 'cooling' treatment right after landing in DEL. As soon as the a/c halts, 2 water tankers rush to the place and pour/spray cold water on the tyres which heat up due to friction.

I guess, tyre explosion also caused a crash in DEL, some years back. no one died though...


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