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Help Explain The Picture

Sat Aug 14, 2004 1:32 am

In one of those A vs. B pointless bashing threads there was mention of Iberia's A346 EC-IOB. I loaded all its pictures in the database and came accross this one:


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Is that screen in the middle really showing a camera feed from the top of the rudder? My question is: What is the importance in having that view for the pilots? I know some a/c have these cameras with live pictures taken from all over the a/c's exterior as part of their IFE, but why would pilots need that?
 
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RE: Help Explain The Picture

Sat Aug 14, 2004 1:36 am

What is the importance in having that view for the pilots?

The A340-600 is an extremely long aircraft. The tail-camera view is to assist the crew in taxiing and manoeuvring the jet around the airport surface.
 
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RE: Help Explain The Picture

Sat Aug 14, 2004 1:42 am

They also have cameras showing the main gear.
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RE: Help Explain The Picture

Sat Aug 14, 2004 2:19 am

That's what I thought. But the wiew is straight forward over the fuselage with only parts of the wings visible, so I'm wondering what good does it do. I wouldn't ask if it was at wingtips, rear view of the wings from the cockpit or camera at the very tail...
 
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RE: Help Explain The Picture

Sat Aug 14, 2004 2:36 am

I would think it has more to do with seeing where the main wheels are, in that it would be easier to judge where and how much to commence turns while taxiing, than for wingtip clearance issues.

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RE: Help Explain The Picture

Sat Aug 14, 2004 2:38 am

I'm guessing the white marks show the position of the gear, so you can tell on which side of taxiway markings the wheels will go.
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RE: Help Explain The Picture

Sat Aug 14, 2004 6:43 am

the 777 also has the cameras mounted on the tail for the same reason
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RE: Help Explain The Picture

Sat Aug 14, 2004 7:28 am

The A346 is, I understand, the only airliner in which none of the wings at all are visible from the cockpit, so cameras are very important.

Hirisk - the 773/773ER has similar cameras, but I'm not sure whether they're necessary on the 772.
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RE: Help Explain The Picture

Sat Aug 14, 2004 2:01 pm

The 777 does not have cameras on the tail. The 773 and 773ER have cameras on the belly an on each horizontal stabiliser. They point to the main gears, as it is the gear going off the sides of the taxiway into grass and mud that we worry about. If we stay close to the centreline of the taxiway, the wingtips are taken care of by design of the taxiway and clearance area around.
 
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RE: Help Explain The Picture

Sat Aug 14, 2004 3:12 pm

How cool would it be to have the cameras on during T/O and Landing  Big thumbs up

This relatively odd view reminds me of that Russian (I think?) aircraft that had a small window in the roof of the aft lavatory. You could see the tail I believe. There's a picture of it on the web or in the database but I"m too tired to look it up.

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