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Google Earth: Pink Blotches On Airport Gate Stands  
User currently offlineBA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4512 times:

With the recent high resolution imagery update in Google Earth, many new airports were added.

I noticed these pink blotches in several of the gate stands in Beirut airport. Does anyone have any idea what they are? What's interesting is they are only on the outer gates.


I have checked other airports in the region including Damascus and Amman and none have these pink blotches.

Could it be some kind of chemical used for cleaning the stands?

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User currently offlineGoldenshield From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4494 times:

Those look like the surface of the jet bridge "danger" area.

User currently offlineJetmatt777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4466 times:

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 1):

That's what I was thinking...definatley the 'danger' area.

-Matt  Smile


User currently offlineOHLHD From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4231 times:

Anti / Deicing Fluid could be one reason.

User currently offlineLewis From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4220 times:

Quoting OHLHD (Reply 3):
Anti / Deicing Fluid could be one reason.

In Beirut????


User currently offlineLincoln From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4142 times:

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 1):
Those look like the surface of the jet bridge "danger" area.

Add a thrid vote to "danger area". If you look at ONT (one airport where I'm positive that I've seen the "Danger" area marked, you can see the same general pattern (just fainter)


User currently offlineOHLHD From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4125 times:

Quoting Lewis (Reply 4):
In Beirut????

During winter in can be chilly afaik and you even have snow in the mountains.
This is why I suggest it.


User currently offlineGoldenshield From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4066 times:

Quoting Lincoln (Reply 5):
Add a thrid vote to "danger area". If you look at ONT (one airport where I'm positive that I've seen the "Danger" area marked, you can see the same general pattern (just fainter)

The danger areas at ONT are striped instead of solid, but it's the same general idea. When HA came to ONT with the 767-300, they had to modify the jet bridge to operate outside of the safety area, as the first time it pulled into the gate, the rampers had to pull the plane 15 feet forward in order to be able to connect it to 2L. This was before Delta brought in their 767-300's.


User currently offlineBA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3946 times:

Thanks for the feedback, I believe those of you who say that they are the "danger" areas of the jetbridges are correct.

However, this does raise one interesting question though. Why don't the inner gates (gates 7-18) have the "danger" areas?

Quoting OHLHD (Reply 3):
Anti / Deicing Fluid could be one reason.

There are no deicing systems in Beirut.

Quoting OHLHD (Reply 6):
During winter in can be chilly afaik and you even have snow in the mountains.

Beirut in the winter gets wet and muggy, but not cold enough to the point that there is a high level of freezing.

It does snow in the mountains at the high altitudes.

Regards


User currently offlineGoldenshield From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3882 times:

Quoting BA (Reply 8):
However, this does raise one interesting question though. Why don't the inner gates (gates 7-18) have the "danger" areas?

Since those inner jetways are all parallel with the terminal, it would be en educated guess that these gates are fixed, with only 2 ways of travel: up/down, and a telescoping section that would need precise positioning of the aircraft on it's stop line. PHX, and DCA have similar bridges.


User currently offlineBA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3856 times:

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 9):
Since those inner jetways are all parallel with the terminal, it would be en educated guess that these gates are fixed, with only 2 ways of travel: up/down, and a telescoping section that would need precise positioning of the aircraft on it's stop line. PHX, and DCA have similar bridges.

You're right, they actually are fixed jetbridges.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v168/mea707/beyamm/100_0081.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v168/mea707/beyamm/100_0085.jpg

You know quite a bit about jetbridges.  Smile Are you a ramp agent?


User currently offlineDIA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3827 times:

You can see a bit of a closer look at it in this photo...to the left.
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Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Chadi Kassas



User currently offlineLincoln From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3752 times:

Quoting BA (Reply 10):
You're right, they actually are fixed jetbridges.

And you can see in the picture, even the fixed jet bridges have danger area markings... they're just smaller  Smile

Lincoln


User currently offlineGoldenshield From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3681 times:

Quoting BA (Reply 10):
You know quite a bit about jetbridges. Are you a ramp agent?

I was during my tenure at my former employer.


User currently offlineBA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3503 times:

Quoting DIA (Reply 11):
You can see a bit of a closer look at it in this photo...to the left.

Indeed, thanks for that.

For some reason I never realized that the jetbridge danger zone would be so obvious and clear from an aerial image.


User currently offlineDIA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3470 times:

Quoting BA (Reply 14):
For some reason I never realized that the jetbridge danger zone would be so obvious and clear from an aerial image.

Reminds me of those tile-murals on the floor of Concourse A at DIA...you can't make out what they are until you go to one of the floors above...and even at that I still can't make out what some of them are supposed to be.


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