Mr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2786 posts, RR: 9 Posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2887 times:
I have a quick question about tailstrikes "Oops!" I meant to say A320's.
In the 3 photos below you can see what appears to be a dark straight pipe pointing down from the bottom of the fuselage. I would normally think that this pipe is just a drain mast for the forward galley, however, this pipe is located pretty far forward, directly under the cockpit.
My questions are ..... Is this a drainage pipe, or is it actually some kind of sensor that I don't reconize?
If it is for drainage, what's the source? The forward cargo hold perhaps?
In this photo, you can see this pipe a few feet ahead of the the lower pitot tube.
Mr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2786 posts, RR: 9 Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2851 times:
OK, Thanks for your explanation. I had a feeling that these object might be sensors of some kind because there's two of them up on the nose where a lot of the sensors & probes are located. However, I was tricked by their appearance. They look like simple round pipes/tubes to me, instead of what I'm used to seeing an AOA or TAT probe look like. Perhaps it's just the angle the photos were taken from.
Don't some air temp propes have square box ends on them with little holes in it?
Jetmek319 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 199 posts, RR: 2 Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2676 times:
The static ports on the lower fusealge below the 'K' are the ports for the standby flight instruments. The TAT probe does have holes in it and is kind of airfoil shaped.
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Mr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2786 posts, RR: 9 Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2680 times:
Thanks for your reply.
OK, so the TAT probe does have those little pin holes in it.
The object in the first photo of the Air France A320 in my original post, that I thought looked like at pipe (it still looks like a pipe to me ) must be on a bad angle to the camera, because I don't see a square box or airfoil shape at the bottom of it at all. Maybe I'm going blind!
I believe the 2 dark objects that are a few feet in front of the B747 cockpit windscreen & the side of the DC-10's lower nose are TAT probes. That's what I'm used to them looking like.
Jetmek319 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 199 posts, RR: 2 Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2681 times:
I'll do some checking in the AMM, but I'm fairly sure that we're looking at the TAT probe. The photo is kind of hard to see it, but this sensor is airfoil shaped, about 4" long, 10-12 small holes in the leading edge, and is capped with a airfoil shaped plate that is slightly larger than the probe itself. I'll write again tomorrow to verify (0200 here!!)
And I look forward to learning from everybody here!!!