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A321 Nosewheel During A Tight Turn.  
User currently offlineErasmus From Italy, joined Jun 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 9 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5222 times:

Please have a look at this picture and read the caption.


My question is: is the A320 (A321) nosewheel supposed to bend like this or is there something wrong with this particular nosewheel?

I'm off for a few days, but I will ask one of our engineers what he thinks of this picture when I get back to work!

In the mean time I hope that someone can give me an answer here.

At least I already know now why to limit the speed during tight turns!!!


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User currently offlineFBU 4EVER! From Norway, joined Jan 2001, 998 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (13 years 9 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4991 times:

This is in fact normal for the A320-series and other planes where the nosegear leg isn't exactly vertical to the ground.The leg slants forward and this means the outer wheel will lift off the ground in tight turns.

Now,at OSL,Airbus 320-series planes are pushed back a little further from the terminal during pushback than other planes.It is said that this will eliminate undue strain on the nosewheel by reducing the need for very tight turns away from the terminal.So maybe there is an A320 nosegear leg problem.But not the reason for what's happening in the photo,though.

"Luck and superstition wins all the time"!
User currently offlineCdfmxtech From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1341 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (13 years 9 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4926 times:

FBU hit it. The DC10 nose gear and Md80 nose landing gear are the same way.
This design has saved some people tires changes!!!  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineAvionic From Denmark, joined Nov 1999, 111 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (13 years 9 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4912 times:

As a little funny note, it is quite fortunate for ex. when you have to check the tire pressure on the nose gear of f. ex. an md80, because sometimes the valve is hidden behind the spray deflector....a good trick is to take the tow bar and pull it sideways (as in a turn) and you can then freely turn the wheel to a comfortable position!  Smile

User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 31
Reply 4, posted (13 years 9 months 22 hours ago) and read 4877 times:

The DC-9 is the same way. FYI, TWA rolled an MD-80 off the end of our runway 01 on landing a few years back. Landing long, high, and fast, tried to make the last left taxiway exit he could, the nose wheel turned, right wheel on gear lifted off the ground, left wheel skidded, MD-80 went about ten feet into grass.

Tom in NO (at MSY)

"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
User currently offlineFrancoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 4403 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 4678 times:

Not only jets do that...

The ATR's do the same, and plenty others too, I'm sure...

And my guess is: if it does it, then it was designed to do it, and it's normal that it does it...  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit posting...
User currently offlineSabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 4549 times:

Well, I read this topic lucky enough before my spotting trip to LHR.

When I was there on the terrace, I looked at the nose gear of all the A320's being pushed back there.

And indeed, almost all had this! Aswell the A321 of LH, the A320 of IB and the A319 of LH, together with most other A32S aircrafts.


User currently offlineErasmus From Italy, joined Jun 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4482 times:

Thank you for the replies,

Of course the nose gear leg being slant forward explains the "twisted" look during turns.

Why didn't I think of that?


User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6170 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (13 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4464 times:

I know a person who had an accident while towing an Md-80 in the rain. He made a tightish turn (which was required to get into the overnight) and the md-80 kept on going forward, dragging the pushback with it.

Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun.
User currently offlineJe89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2368 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (13 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4379 times:

Iv'e seen a Fedex MD-11 do that @ HNL before...


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