aircraft88
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Ex Buzz Boeing 737-300 (G-BZZF)

Mon May 03, 2004 1:32 am

Hi all!

I flew this aircraft STN-HAU on 2nd April and wondered why it had a white nose with a black ring around it?

Does anybody know why it has a white nose when it didn't before?

Now:


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Cheers,

Jamie.
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A3204eva
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RE: Ex Buzz Boeing 737-300 (G-BZZF)

Mon May 03, 2004 2:12 am

I believe the nose is white because it has something to do with the sun reflection. I think it has been painted yellow now because they found that not painting the nose didn't have much effect on the reflection from the sun into the pilots eyes.

Maybe someone else could fill in the gaps Smile

Regards
Scott Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: Ex Buzz Boeing 737-300 (G-BZZF)

Mon May 03, 2004 2:23 am

My guess is it got damaged amd they had to replace it in a short time and just haven't gotten around to painting it yet.

 
Ndebele
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RE: Ex Buzz Boeing 737-300 (G-BZZF)

Mon May 03, 2004 2:23 am

@A3204eva: The nose used to be yellow before, the white nose is the new one.

Obviously they changed the nose recently, and as you can see on the ex-CO 733s, Ryanair doesn't care too much about the livery of their 733s, so I would have been very surprised if they had painted the new nose in yellow just for this one aircraft, the maintenance company's spare noses are probably painted like this - white with a ring.

My (tech/ops) question is: Why do they replace aircraft noses so frequently? I know that there is the radar under the nose, so they probably need to open / remove the nose from time to time for maintenance - but why don't they simply put the same nose again on the same aircraft, why do they use a new one?
 
A3204eva
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RE: Ex Buzz Boeing 737-300 (G-BZZF)

Mon May 03, 2004 2:27 am

Sorry - didn't read properly.

The nose maybe weakened every time it is taken off.

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DONS
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RE: Ex Buzz Boeing 737-300 (G-BZZF)

Mon May 03, 2004 3:30 am

Why do they replace aircraft noses so frequently?

There are a number of reasons a nose (radome) can be replaced:

- FOD
- Bird Hit
- Delamination
- Lightning Strike

If maintenance is performed, the same radome will stay on the aircraft, only if there are findings the radome will be replaced.

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