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User currently offlineUAL Bagsmasher From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2153 posts, RR: 9
Posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1368 times:

What happens to escape slides after they are deployed? Are they re-used or scrapped? Also, how are they deflated after they deploy?

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User currently offlineLeigh Pilgrim From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 392 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1309 times:

Hi, well I work for an airline and I have seen the aircraft in the hangar, I have also seen them deploy the slides out of the aircraft, this i think they were testing them, now i think that the slides were then deflated and folded up and placed back in the aircraft, they have to be tested and so they can be placed back, Hope this helps, all the best

Leigh Pilgrim

User currently offlineYaki1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1281 times:

In the US after a slide is deployed it must be returned to an overhaul shop (either run by the airline or a part-145 repair facility). The slide is checked, repaired, repacked and certified for return to service (a vacuum pump is used to remove the air for repacking). Any one who has tried to place a deployed slide in its original shipping container can attest to how difficult this can be. The slide is usually issued a form 8130 certficate or the airlines own FAA approved servicable tag before it can be reinstalled on the aircraft.

User currently offlineKonaB777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1266 times:

According to United Airlines, the cost of deflating and repacking an A320 slide is upwards of $10,000 dollars. There were some early problems with flight atttendants mistaking the door opening handle for the slide disarm handle & blowing the slides when parked at the gate, etc.

User currently offlineILUV767 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3142 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1241 times:

Slides have to go through maintence all of the time. They have a cycle limit just like engines, landing gears and so on. While in maintence, I believe that they are blown in the slide shop. I've been through the slide shop at SFO all of the time, and there are always slides inflated there. In the event of an accedental slide blowing, the whole pack is replaced while that blown slide is checked and rechecked. Slides are just another of the interchangeable parts in an airplane.

User currently offlineILUV767 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3142 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1230 times:

Oops correction to my last post. Slides are not blown in maintence. They are just checked. Also they have an hour limit, not a cycle limit like the engines. Sorry.

User currently offlineWidebody From Ireland, joined Aug 2000, 1152 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1202 times:

The problem of mistaken deployments on A32FAM aircraft continues........mainly because of the prominance of the disarming lever in comparison to the door handle....as for maintenance, some airlines now deploy all their slides when their time is up......

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