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Golden Triangle Sticker Aboard CX A343  
User currently offlinescottpilgrim From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2013, 7 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3268 times:

A few weeks ago I flew CX531 from Taipei to Hong Kong. As I was leaving the A340-300 I noticed a golden, triangular sticker above the left window of a particular row. I looked across the aisle to the right hand side of the aircraft and saw the same sticker above the window of the same row. They appeared only in that particular row but not others. Wondering what function these stickers serve?



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User currently offlineanstar From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 5244 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3175 times:

They indicate the best position for the flight crew to see the leading edge and trailing edge of the wing.

User currently offlineSenchingo From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2895 times:

anstar's reply does make sense indeed. Any other airlines marking this position?

My first thought was it would mark some kind of emergency exit, i.e. where the window could be broken with the emergency equipment or so.
Saw a similar marking in Japan, where windows in big buildings are marked for this reason:
http://www.chiikikagaku.co.jp/nippon/articles/image/230.jpg


User currently onlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25311 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2842 times:

Quoting Senchingo (Reply 2):
anstar's reply does make sense indeed. Any other airlines marking this position?

It's very common. I've seen that arrow on dozens of Airbus aircraft. Can't remember whether there's anything similar on Boeing aircraft.


User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17039 posts, RR: 66
Reply 4, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2837 times:

Quoting Senchingo (Reply 2):
My first thought was it would mark some kind of emergency exit, i.e. where the window could be broken with the emergency equipment or so.

Nah. That's what emergency exits are for. Anywhere else you'd need some sort of cutting equipment. Many planes have outside markings for that purpose though.



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User currently offlinebohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2701 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2768 times:

Quoting anstar (Reply 1):
They indicate the best position for the flight crew to see the leading edge and trailing edge of the wing.

Let me add that it is the best position to inspect the wings for snow and ice.

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 3):
It's very common. I've seen that arrow on dozens of Airbus aircraft. Can't remember whether there's anything similar on Boeing aircraft.

I can't say I've seen any markings on a Boeing aircraft. Then again there might be a marking somewhere that is less noticeable than the airbus markings. The next time I am on a flight on a Boeing I'll have to look around to see if I can see anything.


User currently offlinelonghauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 4982 posts, RR: 42
Reply 6, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2759 times:

Quoting anstar (Reply 1):
They indicate the best position for the flight crew to see the leading edge and trailing edge of the wing.

That is partially correct. The triangles indicate the location of the leading and trailing edges of the wing. However ... that is not known to flight crew, as it is not indicated anywhere in the Flight Crew Operating Manual. So, as it is not "known" to the pilots, I have never known the use of these indicators, and have often wondered their use.

Quoting bohica (Reply 5):
Let me add that it is the best position to inspect the wings for snow and ice.

The best position would be ahead of the aft triangle, as the condition of the spoilers is especially important. On days where one would not think ice to be a factor, the spoilers can be "frosted" and that frost must be removed.

This picture shows the forward and aft triangles.

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Photo © Konstantin von Wedelstaedt




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User currently onlineglen From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 224 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2697 times:

Quoting scottpilgrim (Thread starter):
Wondering what function these stickers serve?
Quoting anstar (Reply 1):
They indicate the best position for the flight crew to see the leading edge and trailing edge of the wing.

It's not for the best but the correct position to read the flap/slat position indicators.

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If you look through another window then the one with the triangle the markings won't fit due to parallax error as seen on this picture:

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Photo © Thomas Bloder-SpotterTeamLOWI



As far as I know all Airbus have these markings on the wing and at the corresponding windows.



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2623 times:

Wouldn't the AMM list these markings.


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User currently offlineLimaFoxTango From Antigua and Barbuda, joined Jun 2004, 789 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2563 times:

I've seen these things in B6 A320's and always wondered what those were for. Would never have imagine it's for reading something outside!


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