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A330 Fuel Dump Vent Question?  
User currently offlineMr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2787 posts, RR: 9
Posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5427 times:

Hi guys.

After doing a search, which had no matches, I decided to ask this simple question.

Is the dark object on the end of the middle wing fairing on the A330 in the photos below a vent for dumping fuel?

It seems obvious to me that the answer would be yes, however, I've been wrong about these things before, and I remember being told once that airbuses don't have the ability to dump fuel..although that might have been only on certain types.


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User currently offlineAC320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5407 times:

Yes, I do beleive that you are correct in saying that valve is for dumping fuel. if i remember correctly, it is the A320 family that doesn't have fuel dump capability since their MTOW is much closer to their max landing weight than the widebodies.

User currently offlinePikachu From Bhutan, joined Feb 2002, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 5403 times:

Perhaps the confusion comes from the A330 which can have the fuel dump valves installed as an option. It does not necessarily need the ability as an overweight landing is acceptable.

User currently offlineRick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5381 times:

Fuel Dump on the A330 is an option. Some carriers do not choose it. Like the 767, the aircraft is certified to land up right up to MTOW in an emergency.

Dumping fuel is not an option after takeoff when something serious happens anyway, so many airlines quite righly question the need for it's installation.



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User currently offlineMr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2787 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5346 times:

Hi guys.

Thanks for your information about how many airliners have the option for dumping fuel due to the fact that their MTOW is so close to their Maximum Landing Weight.

I suspect this wasn't an option for some of the older Boeing and Douglas airliners.

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