Sponsor Message:
Aviation Technical / Operations Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Exterior Cameras: What For?  
User currently offlinebristolflyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2301 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 12 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4177 times:

So I have heard a few airlines have cameras mounted on the exteriors of their planes (tail/gear etc) - why do they do this? I'm sure it makes for some good viewing when landing/taking off, but there must be a higher purpose than this.


Fortune favours the brave
13 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2807 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (2 years 12 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4161 times:
AIRLINERS.NET CREW
HEAD MODERATOR

I believe the A380 cockpit has a link to the tail or nose camera. Im sure its gotta be tough to maneuver that baby on the ground. They maybe could use them during taxi. But even besides that it makes for a nice pax experience. That's a cool little feature to have.
Blue



All of the opinions stated above are mine and do not represent Airliners.net or my employer unless otherwise stated.
User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17068 posts, RR: 66
Reply 2, posted (2 years 12 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4148 times:

A380 and A345/346 have these. They are to make taxiing easier in tight spots.


"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
User currently offlinetdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 80
Reply 3, posted (2 years 12 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4127 times:

Quoting bristolflyer (Thread starter):

So I have heard a few airlines have cameras mounted on the exteriors of their planes (tail/gear etc) - why do they do this?

On many airliners, you can't see any of the wing, gear, engines, or tail from the flight deck. This makes taxing in tight locations very difficult.

Tom.


User currently offlineGST From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 934 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 12 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4084 times:

http://www.aircraftsecurity.co.uk/

These guys make external cameras for retrofit, and security of parked aircraft is a big pert of their sales pitch. I guess sometimes some operators park their aircraft either habitually or overnight in dodgy airports.


User currently offlinefoxxray From France, joined May 2005, 392 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 12 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4067 times:

There is also the EVS (Enhanced Vision System), mostly used on business jets, helicopters and i think on Fedex MD11.
Inspired by the FLIR, the EVS is an infrared camera which provides visual image of the runway even at night and in low visibility conditions...


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 6, posted (2 years 12 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4038 times:

A Better view from a wider angle to enable manuvering the aircraft on ground.Which otherwise is not clearly visible from the Flight Deck/Cockpit.


Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlinehorstroad From Germany, joined Apr 2010, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 12 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4019 times:

on the 777F there are cameras to observe the cargo doors. the one for the main cargo door is located in the left hand horizontal stabilizer. there is a control panel with monitors next to the main entry door.

here you can see it: http://www.airliners.net/photo/LAN-C...d=121a568c6cb6f960d8036fc1233f67db

[Edited 2011-10-25 03:26:13]

User currently offlineBoeingGuy From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 3151 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (2 years 12 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3889 times:

The 777-300 and -300ER have taxi cameras in which the crew can view the two main landing gear and nosewheel gear on one of the multifunctional flight deck displays. It's due the length of the airplane and the distance from the flight deck to the main landing gears. That way the crew can monitor the landing gear and make sure they aren't going to run off the pavement on tight turns. Apparently the A380, A345 and A346 have a similar installation for the same reason.

User currently offlineN243NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1637 posts, RR: 20
Reply 9, posted (2 years 12 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3866 times:

Another neat fact is that when Boeing first introduced the stretched 777-300, it developed an electrically powered vehicle similar to a giant stick insect to give pilots a taste of taxiing the beast. It included a 777 cockpit area, a metal structure that approximated the length and wingspan of the aircraft, and wheels placed in the same location as the actual aircraft's wheels. It was a lot less high-tech than cameras, but it did the trick.

I have a picture of the vehicle in a book of mine, but it's packed away for now. Otherwise, I'd be happy to scan and post it.



B-52s don't take off. They scare the ground away.
User currently offlineB6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2894 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (2 years 12 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3814 times:

Quoting N243NW (Reply 9):
Another neat fact is that when Boeing first introduced the stretched 777-300, it developed an electrically powered vehicle similar to a giant stick insect to give pilots a taste of taxiing the beast. It included a 777 cockpit area, a metal structure that approximated the length and wingspan of the aircraft, and wheels placed in the same location as the actual aircraft's wheels. It was a lot less high-tech than cameras, but it did the trick.

I had to see what you were talking about, god bless google LOL! Stick insect is on the money!!!!

http://www.builditsolar.com/Contact/LagosGroupWOGroup.jpg



"If you do not learn from history, you are doomed to repeat it"
User currently offlinebristolflyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2301 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 12 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3724 times:

Thanks everyone for your comments, I hadn't thought about the taxiing thing.

Quoting horstroad (Reply 7):
on the 777F there are cameras to observe the cargo doors.

Why so? For security/stowaway reasons?



Fortune favours the brave
User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3546 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 12 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3717 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!

Quoting N243NW (Reply 9):
Another neat fact is that when Boeing first introduced the stretched 777-300, it developed an electrically powered vehicle similar to a giant stick insect to give pilots a taste of taxiing the beast. It included a 777 cockpit area, a metal structure that approximated the length and wingspan of the aircraft, and wheels placed in the same location as the actual aircraft's wheels. It was a lot less high-tech than cameras, but it did the trick.

I have a picture of the vehicle in a book of mine, but it's packed away for now. Otherwise, I'd be happy to scan and post it.

Boeing did something similar for the 747 back in the 60's.



Legal considerations provided by: Dewey, Cheatum, and Howe
User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17068 posts, RR: 66
Reply 13, posted (2 years 12 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3704 times:

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 12):
Boeing did something similar for the 747 back in the 60's.

That was "Waddell's Wagon", named for test pilot Jack Waddell. Turned out it wasn't needed.




"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
Top Of Page
Forum Index

Reply To This Topic Exterior Cameras: What For?
Username:
No username? Sign up now!
Password: 


Forgot Password? Be reminded.
Remember me on this computer (uses cookies)
  • Tech/Ops related posts only!
  • Not Tech/Ops related? Use the other forums
  • No adverts of any kind. This includes web pages.
  • No hostile language or criticizing of others.
  • Do not post copyright protected material.
  • Use relevant and describing topics.
  • Check if your post already been discussed.
  • Check your spelling!
  • DETAILED RULES
Add Images Add SmiliesPosting Help

Please check your spelling (press "Check Spelling" above)


Similar topics:More similar topics...
Airbus Red Button - What For? posted Thu May 1 2008 04:08:02 by Stickers
JT8D Vanes: What For? (for Buck Futt) posted Wed Nov 19 2003 06:29:58 by Bigphilnyc
Approach Plates On Yokes? What For? posted Sun Jun 1 2003 10:58:39 by UTA_flyinghigh
Bracket Over Wheels? What For? posted Sun Dec 9 2001 03:16:30 by VgnAtl747
For What Reasons Would A Carrier Be Rejcted Etops posted Wed Oct 5 2011 14:53:50 by cyxuk
What Plane Would Be Best For... posted Tue Jul 5 2011 15:07:33 by fpetrutiu
Solenoids. What Are They For In Fuel Sys. Of B76? posted Tue Jun 14 2011 16:58:21 by levashov
What Are The Rules For Record Locators? posted Tue Mar 29 2011 17:03:11 by Hagic
What Do ATCs Do At Closed Airports For Weather? posted Tue Feb 1 2011 15:54:23 by Goblin211
What Are Commonly Replaced Sesors For CRJ Aircraft posted Mon Aug 9 2010 10:32:26 by ToddH

Sponsor Message:
Printer friendly format