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What Is This 'thingy' On The A340  
User currently offlineNwfltattendant From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 341 posts, RR: 4
Posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 8877 times:

I was looking at a picture of an A340 and noticed something just aft of the trailing edge of the wing. Its a square-ish shape that seems like it has a purpose. Have a look at post away


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User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 8832 times:

Looks like an access panel to me. I think the guys at Tech/Ops would know since I dont know about Airbus very much at all.


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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14127 posts, RR: 62
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 8725 times:

To me it looks like a panel covering an overwing escape slide package.

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User currently offlineCrosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2601 posts, RR: 58
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User currently offlineNwfltattendant From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 341 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 7675 times:

OK....thats exactly what i thought it was


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User currently offlineDAirbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 593 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 5238 times:
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Does anyone else think it is amazing how large a slide can deploy out of such a relatively small access panel?


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User currently offlineSafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5061 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?

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User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17108 posts, RR: 66
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5021 times:

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?

Apart from the color  Big grin?

Could be that the yellow ones double as rafts and thus need to be more visible. Just a theory.



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User currently offlineSafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5014 times:

Could be that the yellow ones double as rafts and thus need to be more visible. Just a theory.
All Airbus slides are silver, and even some Boeing ones (mostly newer planes) are silver.

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User currently offlineSafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4751 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."

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