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Air Canada Flap Track Fairing Speed Tape?  
User currently offlineGatorman96 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 852 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3115 times:

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I noticed green tape on the fairings as well as the wing fence. I checked other AC images in the database and noticed that this occurred exclusively on A32X series aircraft. Can anybody shed some light on what this is and its purpose? Thanks in advance!


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User currently offlineKC135Hydraulics From United States of America, joined Nov 2012, 270 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3104 times:

My guess is it is some sort of reflective tape for ground handling. The wingtip fences stick out, and occasionally flaps might be lowered full down for misc. maintenance. That might enhance their visibility during night time operations/maintenance.

User currently offlinezeke From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2006, 8643 posts, RR: 75
Reply 2, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3081 times:

Might be due to the environment thy operate in, the dark color would be visible if snow/ice was on it, and may aid in the prevention of build up.


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User currently offlinelonghauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 4760 posts, RR: 43
Reply 3, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3064 times:

Quoting KC135Hydraulics (Reply 1):
My guess is it is some sort of reflective tape for ground handling. The wingtip fences stick out, and occasionally flaps might be lowered full down for misc. maintenance. That might enhance their visibility during night time operations/maintenance.

That is it exactly. It is reflective tape to point out a vulnerable extrusion from the wings to ground crew. It used to be red, now it is the same green as the outline of exits, and shadow of the name/logo.



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User currently offlineKC135Hydraulics From United States of America, joined Nov 2012, 270 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3055 times:

Quoting longhauler (Reply 3):
That is it exactly. It is reflective tape to point out a vulnerable extrusion from the wings to ground crew. It used to be red, now it is the same green as the outline of exits, and shadow of the name/logo.

Alright! Thanks for confirming!


User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5638 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2945 times:

Quoting longhauler (Reply 3):
That is it exactly. It is reflective tape to point out a vulnerable extrusion from the wings to ground crew. It used to be red, now it is the same green as the outline of exits, and shadow of the name/logo.

So... why isn't in on flap canoe fairings across the entire AC fleet? The A-320 isn't the only aircraft with protruding canoes...


User currently offlinegatorman96 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 852 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2926 times:

Thanks to everyone for your responses. I really appreciate it.

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 5):
So... why isn't in on flap canoe fairings across the entire AC fleet? The A-320 isn't the only aircraft with protruding canoes...

This was going to be my next question...



Cha brro
User currently offlinePolot From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 2047 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2908 times:

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 5):

My guess is that AC believes the A32X family is at that "sweet spot" where incidents are likely to occur from the ground crew being careless and not paying close attention. The 767/A330/777 wings are much higher making it harder to hit the canoes, while the Embraer and CRJ wings are lower, making it harder for the ground crew to not notice them.


User currently offlinelonghauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 4760 posts, RR: 43
Reply 8, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2907 times:

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 5):
So... why isn't in on flap canoe fairings across the entire AC fleet? The A-320 isn't the only aircraft with protruding canoes...

It's all numbers.

What gets hit the most, gets the reflective tape.



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User currently offlineAC_B777 From Canada, joined Aug 2000, 802 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2803 times:

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 5):
So... why isn't in on flap canoe fairings across the entire AC fleet? The A-320 isn't the only aircraft with protruding canoes...

If you look at the proximity of the rear cargo doors on the A320/319 in relation to the canoes, they are fairly close. Much closer on the A320/319 than on any other a/c in the fleet. AC uses ULD's on the A320's and there have been many canoes hit while maneuvering container loaders on/off the rear of the a/c. Also a few incidents where belt loaders have come in contact with them on the 319.
It's only been the last few years where AC has applied the tape to the left side canoes...it used to be applied only to the right side.



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User currently offlinegatorman96 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 852 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2659 times:

Quoting AC_B777 (Reply 9):

Cool. Thanks for the info!



Cha brro
User currently offlineB777LRF From Luxembourg, joined Nov 2008, 1208 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2399 times:

BA (and others) paint the tip of the canoes in day-glo orange for the exact same reason.




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