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"Danger" Panel On A380 Pedestal?  
User currently offlineDreamsUnited From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 264 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5552 times:

Hi all,

I have a question about this panel on the center pedestal of the A380.


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Toward the back of the pedestal there on the left side is a red panel that says "DANGER" with what looks like a glass cover. I have only noticed this panel in this specific picture. All the other pictures of the A380 cockpits lack this panel. So, what is it?

Other A380 cockpits either have switches


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Or an empty panel


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What are they? Why do they differ? Are they airline specific?

Thanks all.


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User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3625 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5534 times:

It's like the garbage disposal in your kitchen sink but for paperwork.

After a flight all used paperwork and flight plans are put inside and it shreds it for security reasons.

Different companies have different procedures so that might explain the different panel configurations.


User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3522 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5531 times:
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Probably an initiator for the emergency escape system on the #1 test aircraft. I'm not positive but I'd guess they need to depressurize before bailing out and this is accomplished by blowing a hole in the hull somewhere.


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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 5477 times:

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 2):

I'm going with that. The OP photo is demo aircraft 001.. so I'm sure it's only there on test aircraft



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User currently offlinetdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 79
Reply 4, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 5460 times:

Quoting EMBQA (Reply 3):
I'm going with that. The OP photo is demo aircraft 001.. so I'm sure it's only there on test aircraft

It's also orange...both Boeing and Airbus pretty consistently use orange to denote flight test installed stuff.

Tom.


User currently offlineWingedMigrator From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 2212 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5173 times:

Probably to blow the escape hatch in the tricked-out cargo door:

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User currently offlineLuftfahrer From Germany, joined Mar 2009, 1016 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5120 times:

Quoting ArmitageShanks (Reply 1):

Seriously? Such measurements exist? Chances are that when I'm walking off an aircraft, I'll have the paperwork with me.   The only information that would really need to be protected is the crew name list, which can be excluded easily. If no one takes the paperwork home, it usually makes its way into a regular garbage bag – not shredded, that is.



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User currently offlineTravelAVNut From Netherlands, joined May 2010, 1612 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5107 times:

My follow up question would be; so what are the red switches in the 2nd photo?


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User currently offlinetdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 79
Reply 8, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5033 times:

Quoting TravelAVNut (Reply 7):
My follow up question would be; so what are the red switches in the 2nd photo?

Given the colour, design, location, and MSN of the aircraft, I'd guess they're function or cutoff switches for installed flight test instrumentation.

Tom.


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