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Yellow 'eyes' On Top Of Airbus Wings  
User currently offlinebristolflyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2312 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6236 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, 21881 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (2 years 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6233 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, 2312 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6226 times:

Quoting Mir (Reply 1):

Ahhh, that makes sense - thanks!



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User currently onlineTWA772LR From United States of America, joined Nov 2011, 2496 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 6187 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, 31712 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6060 times:

Attachment point for lanyard used during emergency evacuation.


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User currently offlinem1m2 From Canada, joined Dec 2011, 97 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5861 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, 856 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5790 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, 985 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5233 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, 31712 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4903 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, 1834 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4799 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, 31712 posts, RR: 56
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4779 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, 926 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 20 hours ago) and read 4662 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 offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1908 posts, RR: 42
Reply 12, posted (2 years 14 hours ago) and read 4580 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, 872 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (2 years 13 hours ago) and read 4550 times:

Its on the Jetstar A320 card also.

Regards - musang


User currently offlinebabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (2 years 7 hours ago) and read 4460 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, 31712 posts, RR: 56
Reply 15, posted (1 year 12 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4126 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.  

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User currently offlineAesma From Reunion, joined Nov 2009, 6963 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (1 year 12 months 2 days ago) and read 3940 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, 31712 posts, RR: 56
Reply 17, posted (1 year 12 months 16 hours ago) and read 3761 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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