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What Is This In The Back Of The A380?  
User currently offlineAlphafloor From Chile, joined Jun 2004, 1277 posts, RR: 40
Posted (9 years 3 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 8782 times:


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...what's this red tube on the elevator of the A380 ?

Alphafloor


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User currently offlineApuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3032 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 8764 times:

Seems like a pitot tube, probably to measure some parameters on the top side of the horizontal tailplane (aire pressure, speed, temperature,...).

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Ivan



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 8654 times:

Is it a Pitot tube for the Feel Computer sense or A Fence.Any other pics from a Different Angle.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineSaintsman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 2065 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 3 days ago) and read 8650 times:

It does look like a pitot tube. The fact that it is red indicates that it is probably part of the Flight Test Instrumentation (FTI). The first A380s will be development aircraft and there will be all sorts of equipment testing and measuring different paramaters on just about all of the aircraft.

User currently onlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2980 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 6946 times:

It seems like some type of pitot tube, but only for the test 380's, as none of the ones in service have it.


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User currently offline474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 6786 times:



Quoting Saintsman (Reply 3):
It does look like a pitot tube. The fact that it is red indicates that it is probably part of the Flight Test Instrumentation

It is a pitot tube.

All flight test equipment should be painted red to aid in conversion before delivery, if its red it has to be removed or replaced.

However, there is another non standard part that can be seen in the top picture that is not painted red and not on the aircraft in the second picture:


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User currently offline787atPAE From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 143 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 6680 times:



Quoting 474218 (Reply 5):
However, there is another non standard part that can be seen in the top picture that is not painted red and not on the aircraft in the second picture

I think my eyes are playing tricks on me, but it looks like the paint is chipped off on the vertical stab above the 8 in 380. The pattern is too regular to be random. Are they pressure taps to measure static pressure along the vertical fin?

Or is what you are seeing so obvious that you are going to make me smack my forehead?


User currently offline474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 6652 times:



Quoting 787atPAE (Reply 6):
think my eyes are playing tricks on me, but it looks like the paint is chipped off on the vertical stab above the 8 in 380. The pattern is too regular to be random. Are they pressure taps to measure static pressure along the vertical fin?

Or is what you are seeing so obvious that you are going to make me smack my forehead?

Take a look at the very top of the vertical stabilizer on s/n 001 (top photo) it has the forward provisions for the trailing cone. It is not there on s/n 003 (bottom photo). They had install a raised fairing to the top of he vertical stabilized so the trailing cone would clear the rudder.

The complete trailing cone installation is clearly visible in this photo:
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User currently offlineWingedMigrator From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 2212 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 6638 times:



Quoting 474218 (Reply 5):
However, there is another non standard part that can be seen in the top picture that is not painted red and not on the aircraft in the second picture:

Also a tail strike bumper under the rear fuselage, used for this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwQMXz9PbrY


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