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User currently offlineQslinger From India, joined Apr 2006, 261 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3710 times:

Hi Guys,

If you look at the writing underneath the nose wheel of the B737,you will see MD80 and A318 are written straight but the "B737" and the "AIRBUS" are written in a mirror effect. Any idea as to why?


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User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7608 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3704 times:

I think that it is for the marshallers/pilot to align with the airbridge.

User currently offlineQslinger From India, joined Apr 2006, 261 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3696 times:

Quoting Bennett123 (Reply 1):
I think that it is for the marshallers/pilot to align with the airbridge.

Ofcourse...its for the Aerobridge pilot using the mirror..Duh...thanx for clearing that up Bennett.

Guess its a slow brain day for me..



Raj Koona
User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3916 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3524 times:

Why is the MD80 / A318 not written in mirror effect?

User currently offlineLegion242 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 233 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3464 times:

Why does it say AIRBUS at all really? The other 3 are type specific, but the word "Airbus" is just the name of a manufacturer. Weird.


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User currently onlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6042 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3425 times:

Quoting Legion242 (Reply 4):
Why does it say AIRBUS at all really? The other 3 are type specific, but the word "Airbus" is just the name of a manufacturer. Weird.

The line points to 'Airbus,' but under it is 'A318,' which probable means that since this is at a European airport, they want to show a 'superiority complex' and have only the local brand name spelled out in full. :P



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User currently onlineABQopsHP From United States of America, joined May 2006, 851 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3344 times:

The city of ABQ painted our stop marks at a gate one time and they accidentally used the stencils in reverse. That may be the case here, before the photo was taken. And may have been corrected shortly after. As for one stop point for the Airbus? It is possible this gate can accommodate all a/c types. However it does say Airbus A318, and it is in the proper spot relevant to the gate position and the other a/c spots. The A318 engines are quite close to the forward door, so in order to avoid striking the jetway the a/c must be stopped short, and the jetway moved into position.


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User currently offlineGary2880 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3254 times:

bit silly as you say.

Airbus A318,

effectively saying Airbus Airbus 318.


User currently offlineXXXX10 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 777 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3208 times:

I have seen the markings at JFK, instead of Concorde thwy just use SST

User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3198 times:

Quoting Qslinger (Reply 2):

Ofcourse...its for the Aerobridge pilot using the mirror..Duh...thanx for clearing that up Bennett.

Why would he need to know that? It's the marshaller who has to stop the plane on the hash, the jetway driver just pulls up to the door.


User currently offlineAlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3176 times:

Quoting XXXX10 (Reply 8):
use

Used...  Sad



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User currently offlineCessna157 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 43 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3109 times:

A lot of European cities do not use a marshaller at all, just someone to stop the aircraft in case of emergency. I have seen in many cities where there will be a mirror placed on the terminal or under the jetbridge, where the captain will watch the mirror for his nose tires to come up the lead-in line and stop at the appropriate stop-bar. With the markings painted backwards, it makes it easier for the pilot to see the correct stop-bar.

User currently offlineTbnist03 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 106 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3063 times:

Quoting Cessna157 (Reply 11):

Actually, that makes the most sense. Im guessing the mirror is off to the left, as you view the picture, so the pilot can see the lettering correctly. If the mirror was on the right, as you view the pic, the nose would most likely obstruct the lettering.


just my .02



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User currently offlineJohnKrist From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 1399 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2235 times:
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Quoting Cessna157 (Reply 11):

Still doesn't give a good answer to why all text isn't mirrored, and why is it mirrored on both sides of the centerline, the mirror is only on the jetway side.



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User currently offlineQslinger From India, joined Apr 2006, 261 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1735 times:

Quoting DLKAPA (Reply 9):
Why would he need to know that? It's the marshaller who has to stop the plane on the hash, the jetway driver just pulls up to the door.

True too I guess..but the quest for the right answer continues..Why not all be written in mirror effect?



Raj Koona
User currently offlinePogo From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 355 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1617 times:

This picture is a few years old, the stand is 211 (was F11) at T2 LHR, this stand is right outside my restroom, these markings had not long been re-painted and we soon noticed the mistakes mentioned, it turned out that the MD80 stencil was upside down at the time, it would read WD80 in the mirror.

Quoting Legion242 (Reply 4):
Why does it say AIRBUS at all really

The only Airbus types that can park on this stand are A318/319/320, at the time of this photo AF had just started operating the A318 into LHR and the A318 was added, why I do not know because they all stop on the same mark.



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User currently offlineJetset7E7 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 1090 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1516 times:

Quoting Qslinger (Reply 14):
True too I guess..but the quest for the right answer continues..Why not all be written in mirror effect?

On some stands at MAN, we have to mirror, one which is a mirror, and one which is a mirror reversed, so the text on the floor can be seen perfectly.

Remember aircraft are towed onto stand as well, so the towing team know where to stop the aircraft, so the air bridge can be placed on.

Mark



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User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4328 posts, RR: 35
Reply 17, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1378 times:

My theory is it's either of the following;
- 737, Airbus etc. use mirrors to park while MD-80 don't
- the painters probably put some stencils in reserve as on other airports I always saw it painted properly



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