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Tailcone Exit On AirTran's 717.......

Fri Jul 26, 2002 1:26 pm

Last week I took AirTran up to PHL and was in the last row of the aircraft, in the aisle seat. When the announcement came for FA's to prepare doors for departure and crosscheck. The FA in the rear quickly ran to the back door and did something to the door but I couldn't really see that well. Can you actually arm and disarm the slide for the tailcone exit? I'm pretty sure that those slide packs are always "armed." Thanks.

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RE: Tailcone Exit On AirTran's 717.......

Fri Jul 26, 2002 1:43 pm

Yes, you can arm and disarm the back door to the tailcone, the reason I am aware of this is that last week, I stayed with an AirTran mechanic for a routine check of the airplane, he went to the back of the plane, disarmed the door and looked around with a flashlight making sure all was the way it was suppose to be.....essentially beyond the door there is small bridge like structure that deadends just before the pointed cone (pointed meaning the design given to the MD-83, 87, 90 and 717, cone)....if ever in that seat again, there is an ever so small glass hole, a peap hole if you will where you can see what I am talking about just beyond the door, but obviously dont ever open it, as the door does infact stay armed until disarmed...
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RE: Tailcone Exit On AirTran's 717.......

Fri Jul 26, 2002 1:50 pm

I have it seen once in a DC-9, it´s a platform that goes straight back to the tailcone (instead of down) wich gets away in case of emergency. You can see in the safety cards the drawing of the plane is with the tailcone off.
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RE: Tailcone Exit On AirTran's 717.......

Fri Jul 26, 2002 2:12 pm

It's not a true "arming/disarming" mechanism (i.e. girtbar). With the advent of the Super-80, Douglas developed a secondary handle on the tailcone door, that not only opened the door but pushes a "pin" up thru a small opening in the top of the door that (when the door is opened) will trigger the jettison of the tailcone, and inflation of the slide.

The "arming/disarming" of this door is basically a 12" by 18" flap (covered in the same fabric as the flight attendant jumpseat headrests) that covers this "secondary handle". When "disarmed", the flap is over the handle, so that it is not inadvertantly pulled by ground crew. When "armed", the flap, is flipped down over the primary door handle (which only opens the door to the tailcone and catwalk) so that the red secondary handle is exposed for easy access during evacuation. This is the same mechanism on all MD80, MD90, and 717 series aircraft. The next time you fly on one of these aircraft...notice the aft boarding door during boarding. You'll see the "flap" flipped up over the red handle, and only the silver handle exposed. After pushback, and until gate arrival, you'll see the "flap" flipped down and the red secondary handle (actually covered by a red "remove in case of emergency/evacuation" small plastic cover).

Hope this makes sense...once you look at will.


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