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F-WWAI & A330F Questions  
User currently offlineAirbusA346 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 7437 posts, RR: 2
Posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2234 times:

I was just wondering is the weird hump on the nose of F-WWAI, has something to do with this, e.g Testing.

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From Wikipedia Airbus A330 page.
To overcome the standard A330's nose-down body angle on the ground, the A330F will make use of a revised nose landing gear layout. The same leg will be used, however it will be attached lower in the fuselage, requiring a distinctive blister fairing on the nose to accommodate the retracted nosegear.




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Also why are the going to do that with the nose gear on the A330F why not just lengthen the nose gear, instead of lowering the nose gear assembly in the aircraft and creating that horrible looking hump.

Tom.


Tom Walker '086' First Officer of a A318/A319 for Air Lambert - Hours Flown: 17 hour 05 minutes (last updated 24/12/05).
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User currently offlineA342 From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 4682 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2217 times:

Lengthening the nose gear would be very expensive, and it wouldn't look any better. Airlines won't care about the look.

I think that A340 is testing something else, the fairing looks different.



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User currently offlineKL808 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1584 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2167 times:

Isn't the hump for extra strenghthening too.

Drew



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User currently offlineAirbusA346 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 7437 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2116 times:

Quoting KL808 (Reply 2):

How can it be used for strengthening, when it isn't used on any other Airbus Freighter.  Wink

Tom.



Tom Walker '086' First Officer of a A318/A319 for Air Lambert - Hours Flown: 17 hour 05 minutes (last updated 24/12/05).
User currently offlineRichardPrice From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2020 times:

Quoting AirbusA346 (Thread starter):

Also why are the going to do that with the nose gear on the A330F why not just lengthen the nose gear, instead of lowering the nose gear assembly in the aircraft and creating that horrible looking hump.

Wouldnt lengthening the nose gear also produce the problem of it not fitting into the housing? And thus also create the requirement of a hump?

The size of the wheel well isnt infinite you know...  Smile


User currently offlineCV580Freak From Bahrain, joined Jul 2005, 1033 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2001 times:

I read in FI's Straight & Level that it's nothing to do with the nose gear. It is,in fact, being secretly being developed to house a chin mounted weapon to take out the oppositions freighter/tankers in 'head to head' competitions.

It will also be fitted with a chaff system designed to blow A350 Mk 1 marketing brochures into the engine inlets of the competitors........



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User currently offlineCV580Freak From Bahrain, joined Jul 2005, 1033 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1996 times:

Seriously though, I think the avionics bay was moved in the original pax A330 to accomodate a crew rest area and it's obviously easier (and cheaper) to tinker with the undercarriage than the avionics.


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User currently offlineChuchoteur From France, joined Sep 2006, 764 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1893 times:

Ref A330, answered your own question...
cheaper to modify a bit of structure than redesign and certify a new undercarriage unit.
of course, it would have been better from the get go to have an aircraft that sat level on the ground...


Ref A340 pic, it is the prototype testing a LIDAR (Laser radar thingy) in trials ref clear air turbulence (CAT)


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