SafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 16 Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4304 times:
Yep, it is an evacuation slide panel.
Does anyone else think it is amazing how large a slide can deploy out of such a relatively small access panel?
The slide, when rolled up, is relatively small. The slide first deploys, and then inflates, so that might help with the confusion.
I always thought that the over-wing slide was much more parallel to the aircraft, like the over-wing slide on the 747.
The SAA 346 safety card shows the slide being yellow, but that was most likely done for the benefit of the safety card reader, so is there a difference between yellow- and silver-colored slides?
SafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 16 Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3994 times:
For anyone that is interested, I received an e-mail explaining the yellow/silver slides:
"I believe the silver slides and rafts have two benefits. The sliver presents a better Radar and IR (Heat reflection) signature as well as being light reflective.
SAR missions are no longer dependant on Visual Searches and the Safety Equipment on Aircraft these days are starting to reflect this."