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User currently offlineDL_Mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 9
Posted (15 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1840 times:

What is the purpose of these markings and how did they get their start on commercial aircraft? Is it a CAA/JAA requirement? What countries have them on their aircraft? I recall G-, VH-, B-H and 9V- aircraft with them. Thanks.

This plane is built to withstand anything... except a bad pilot.
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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30414 posts, RR: 57
Reply 1, posted (15 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1717 times:

I have an old U.S. Army manual somewhere that goes through each Army aircraft type and where the emergency exits are and where the cut throughs are. It was intended for crash rescue people.

I belive that is the original source for the cut through markings. The reason that they are there is so you know where you can cut through the fuselage and not hit ribs, braces, ductwork, ect. ect. ect.

User currently offlineJim From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 455 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (15 years 11 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1608 times:

Yes they are area where there is no framework to impede a rescuer from cutting into the fuselage to help get people out. I believe the marks are required by the JAA, but not the FAA.


User currently offlineRichie From Switzerland, joined Dec 1999, 143 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 11 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1600 times:

Actually they are required by the CAA only, in difference to the JAA.

User currently offlineNa From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 11589 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (15 years 11 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1597 times:

If its a requirement in some countries, why do some airplanes have them, some not - same type, same airline of course.
Example: Some SIA Jumbos are with, some without these red markings.
Virgin Atlantic had it on most airplanes in the old livery, but not on the new one.
You mention VH- registered planes carrying these stickers. I cannot remember to have seen a Qantas 747 here in FRA with them.
Cathay Pacific yes, but not on B-HOX, the allgreen Jumbo.

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