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What Is Trailing From The Tail?  
User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4421 times:
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Check this pic of the 380 taking off for its second flight, what is that thing attached to the top of the tail?


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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21625 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4408 times:

Probably some kind of air data sensor, but I'm not sure of it's function exactly.

-Mir



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User currently offlineKerberos From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4396 times:

Looks like someone forgot the dog was tied to the bumper...

Sorry... National Lampoon moment.



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User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4365 times:

Quoting Mir (Reply 1):
Probably some kind of air data sensor, but I'm not sure of it's function exactly.

Actually it measures the wake turbulence behind the tail of the aircraft.


User currently offlineScotron11 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1178 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4298 times:

Quoting DLKAPA (Reply 3):

Actually it measures the wake turbulence behind the tail of the aircraft

Yeah, I read an article how some folk are protesting the expansion of the Airbus facility in Hamburg because they're scared the wake turbulence caused by the A380 will demolish a church which is nearby. Also of blowing tiles off the roofs of houses.

Gee, if it ain't one thing, it's the other!


User currently offlineAirbusA346 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 7437 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4216 times:

Heres one on the A318


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User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3770 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4211 times:

I remember seeing one on the tail of an A319 at Farnborough a bunch of years ago... never knew what it was though...


Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.
User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4165 times:

Quoting DLKAPA (Reply 3):
Quoting Mir (Reply 1):
Probably some kind of air data sensor, but I'm not sure of it's function exactly.


Actually it measures the wake turbulence behind the tail of the aircraft.

Certainly looks like an Airflow sensor.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineAeroWeanie From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1609 posts, RR: 52
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4008 times:
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Quoting Scotron11 (Reply 4):
Actually it measures the wake turbulence behind the tail of the aircraft

Guess again. Its a trailing cone, which provides an accurate static pressure for reducing the flight test data.


User currently offlineJamie757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3989 times:

It's actually an optional bracket that can be used for towing banners. Developed in conjunction with Ryanair.  Wink

Rgds.


User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3770 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3944 times:

Jamie757: Good one...  bigthumbsup 


Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.
User currently offlineVzlet From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 835 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3917 times:

A trailing cone on an A310:
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And, here's a datasheet from a company that makes specialized air data measuring systems:
http://www.prodynamics.com/pdf/100100_de.pdf

(Some good technical links in the datasheet.)

[Edited 2005-05-05 19:37:17]


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User currently offlineCURLYHEADBOY From Italy, joined Feb 2005, 940 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3899 times:

Does this mean that the boom protruding from the A380 tail will go away when flight testing is complete? Hope so, since it's a small feature i don't like too much...


If God had wanted men to fly he would have given them more money...
User currently offlineJamesbuk From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 3968 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3755 times:

maybe its if the a380 runs out of fuel theyll refuel it with the boom  sarcastic  lol by the way i was joking does it have to be a certain distance back from the tail


You cant have your cake and eat it... What the hells the point in having it then!!!
User currently offlineAeroWeanie From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1609 posts, RR: 52
Reply 14, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3671 times:
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Its not really a boom - its a piece of tubing with a cone on the end. On the ground, they hang downwards. It will be removed after flight testing is complete.

User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3627 times:
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I wonder why it wasn't there for the first flight....

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User currently offlineKhushdesi From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3589 times:

i think it's a price tag.

User currently offlineCitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2438 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3576 times:

Quoting AeroWeanie (Reply 8):
Guess again. Its a trailing cone, which provides an accurate static pressure for reducing the flight test data.

AeroWeanie has the correct answer above...

Quoting Andz (Reply 15):
I wonder why it wasn't there for the first flight....

They weren't taking flight test data on the first flight that would require accurate static pressures. Also, the chase plane would provide a cross check of airspeed data.
At Cessna, we never use a trailing cones on prototype first flights.

[Edited 2005-05-05 23:00:06]


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User currently offlinePetazulu From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 701 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3560 times:

I think it is a price tag too! LOL.

User currently offlineOldAeroGuy From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 3523 posts, RR: 66
Reply 19, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3436 times:

It's a trailing cone for measuring static pressure remotely from the influence of the airplane. This is necessary to calibrate the airspeed system and the altimeters.

This is more involved than it looks. The cone is to stabilize 150' to 200' of cable and hose that is reeled out when the airplane is on test condition. A length of pipe with flush pressure ports in its sides is spliced into the hose ahead of the cone. Static pressure as detected at the ports is measured by instrumentation within the airplane.

Trailing cones are one of the real pains of flight testing as they frequently break off especially if the airplane is doing stalls or windup turns. When they depart the airplane, you go home because your test day is done.



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User currently offlineB737200300 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 38 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3151 times:

tow drone for aircraft gunners

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