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Yellow 'eyes' On Top Of Airbus Wings  
User currently offlinebristolflyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2297 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5938 times:

I was on an US Airways Airbus A320 DEN - PHX yesterday and saw a yellow bracket in the top of the wing that has 2 eyes. I've seen this on other a/c before. What is it? I'm guessing some sort of place for maintenance people to harness onto when they're on the wing? Or some sort of lifting point for something?

Either way I would have thought it's use isn't very frequent any they'd be better off not having it on the wing permanently?


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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21637 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5935 times:

I believe it's an attachment point for a line that extends from the overwing exits for people to grab onto in the event of a water landing where rafts will be used.

-Mir



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User currently offlinebristolflyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2297 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5928 times:

Quoting Mir (Reply 1):

Ahhh, that makes sense - thanks!



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User currently offlineTWA772LR From United States of America, joined Nov 2011, 2058 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5889 times:

I see something like that on CO/UA 737 wings. Pretty sure it is for the rafts.


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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (1 year 9 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5762 times:

Attachment point for lanyard used during emergency evacuation.


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User currently offlinem1m2 From Canada, joined Dec 2011, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 9 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5563 times:

The CRJ also has this on top of each wing although since there's only one E-exit on each side, only one "eye" is needed. There is a rope attached to the fuselage behind a small panel immediately aft of the exit on each side.

User currently offline26point2 From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 825 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 9 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5492 times:

This life line attach point always seemed a bit contrived to me. A certification requirementI I'm sure but highly impractical. Really, who's going to manage walking out onto a very slippery wing in a pitching and rolling swell to attach the line?

Wouldn't it be easier to attach life raft line to a seat belt and use this line to guide your way out to the raft?

Raft life line is designed to break before the sinking plane drags the raft down with it in case there is no time to disconnect.


User currently offlineSkydrol From Canada, joined Oct 2003, 972 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (1 year 9 months 1 hour ago) and read 4935 times:

When I first saw this image on the news, I wondered if the passengers made use of the lanyards being discussed to help stay on the wet wing surfaces:




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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4605 times:

Quoting Skydrol (Reply 7):
I wondered if the passengers made use of the lanyards
Quoting 26point2 (Reply 6):
who's going to manage walking out onto a very slippery wing in a pitching and rolling swell to attach the line

Wouldn't the crew do that.



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User currently offlinesweair From Sweden, joined Nov 2011, 1824 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4501 times:

A bit off topic, but on the 737-800 wing I have seen small bumps towards the leading edge, is this vortex generators?

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 10, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 4481 times:

Quoting sweair (Reply 9):

A bit off topic, but on the 737-800 wing I have seen small bumps towards the leading edge, is this vortex generators?


Sure are Vortex Generators.



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User currently offlinenws2002 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 897 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4364 times:

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 8):
Wouldn't the crew do that.

Sure, right after we someone keep everyone calm enough to stay seated. Ditching procedures are ridiculous, at least at my airline. I can't imagine actually deploying an overhead raft.


User currently onlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1872 posts, RR: 41
Reply 12, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4282 times:
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I flew the AF 318 last month, and it was the first airline where I noticed they actually show the line on the safety card. I've flown my fare share of 32S but did not recall ever seeing it before.

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User currently offlinemusang From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 864 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4252 times:

Its on the Jetstar A320 card also.

Regards - musang


User currently offlinebabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4162 times:

It's amazing how many 'pilots' and 'engineers' we have on this site and it takes a normal poster's reference to an in-flight safety card to reveal the mystery of the yellow rings on a wing.  

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 15, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3828 times:

Quoting babybus (Reply 14):

It's amazing how many 'pilots' and 'engineers' we have on this site and it takes a normal poster's reference to an in-flight safety card to reveal the mystery of the yellow rings on a wing.  

Everyone is a genius....never underestimate anyone and always be willing to learn from anyone........



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User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6664 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3642 times:

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 12):
I flew the AF 318 last month, and it was the first airline where I noticed they actually show the line on the safety card. I've flown my fare share of 32S but did not recall ever seeing it before.

It may be that the plane is certified for ETOPS, with rafts, unlike most A32S.



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 17, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3463 times:

Quoting Aesma (Reply 16):
Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 12):
I flew the AF 318 last month, and it was the first airline where I noticed they actually show the line on the safety card. I've flown my fare share of 32S but did not recall ever seeing it before.

It may be that the plane is certified for ETOPS, with rafts, unlike most A32S.

Is there any text related to the line on the wing.......



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