SilentObserver From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 42 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2318 times:
PBS shows him in the states as well.
It looks like there might be some sensors which were add to the aircraft, for testing possibly. There a type of heat resistant tape which is silver metallic like this looks out there on the market. Looks like they are taping a wire and sensors on the aircraft.
I certainly hope they are not trying to fix the darn thing
JHSfan From Denmark, joined Apr 2004, 469 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2050 times:
It seems as if the tape (an electric wire) is going into the nose gear well. From the well there must be a plug that leads the signal into the pressurized cabin (if they are going higher than the height equal to the cabin pressure).
Of course Airbus has plugs for transferring electronic signals from the outside to inside the cabin in their test planes.
But how about normal airliners flying with pax or cargo? Are they equipped with such plugs or some sort of air tight hatch - for temporary cabling - in the wheel well as well?
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CitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2490 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1733 times:
The above comments are correct, and makes sense because of the location of the picture (Toulouse) and the plane has Airbus house colors. This is very common for airframe manufacturers to do when performing testing.
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AeroWeanie From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1610 posts, RR: 52
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1560 times:
We were staring at this picture yesterday, trying to figure out what they are doing. The tape covers leads going to some instrumentation that has been mounted on the fuselage. The instrumentation is either strain gauges or pressure transducers. I would bet that they are pressure transducers, but I can't figure out why they would be measuing pressures at these locations.