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Main Landing Gear Of Airbus A320

Sun Apr 10, 2005 12:11 am

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RE: Main Landing Gear Of Airbus A320

Sun Apr 10, 2005 12:24 am

Indian Airlines is the only airline operating A320's with the double wheel main gear. They need it since they're using their A320's to airfields with poor runway condition which a single bogey main gear couldn't manage.
 
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RE: Main Landing Gear Of Airbus A320

Sun Apr 10, 2005 12:26 am

An 8-wheel undercarriage can be very useful on runways that aren't in the best shape, and having that in mind, Indian Airlines ordered some of it's A320's in such configuration.

Rough-field performance is also why most Russian planes have larger undercarriages than their Western counterparts (Tu-154 with 12 wheels versus B727 with 4 for example).
 
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RE: Main Landing Gear Of Airbus A320

Sun Apr 10, 2005 7:15 am

Wow! That is too cool! I didn't know Airbus offered that option. Is it in fact an option for any buyer or did they make the mod specifically in order to win the deal with Indian Airlines? I realize once they make a mod for one customer they can then offer it to others but what I mean is, was Indian Airlines the genesis for offering the option?
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RE: Main Landing Gear Of Airbus A320

Sun Apr 10, 2005 7:58 am

Sure they can make it for you, but you'd have to pay extra AND then own a heavier plane with less value on the pre-owned market.

Indian Airlines was the genesis of the option, and the only airline ever to order it.
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RE: Main Landing Gear Of Airbus A320

Sun Apr 10, 2005 9:39 am

I can't imagine Indian Airlines would be the only carrier that would need such a mod. Indeed, I would think as the 320 ages and more of them are on the used market, some one will get the idea of flying cargo into the outback in some corner of the globe and would need a landing configuration like that.

Or is that an incorrect assumption on my part?

I'm basing the assumption on the fact that if someone would want to fly limited cargo into out of the way places they'd want to pick up 320's with the mod and not have to make the mod ($$$) to standard a/c.
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RE: Main Landing Gear Of Airbus A320

Sun Apr 10, 2005 4:37 pm

Quoting RedFlyer (Reply 5):
I can't imagine Indian Airlines would be the only carrier that would need such a mod. Indeed, I would think as the 320 ages and more of them are on the used market, some one will get the idea of flying cargo into the outback in some corner of the globe and would need a landing configuration like that.

Or is that an incorrect assumption on my part?

Well, the mod is really quite costly and if you really need rough field ability you may be better off buying something else. Sure, it might be useful on the used market but a 320 with traditional gear is more likely to sell since most operators use paved runways. If you are the original operator you buy to your specs, not the possible ones of a second owner 10-15 years later.
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RE: Main Landing Gear Of Airbus A320

Sun Apr 10, 2005 9:57 pm

Also heard the Vendor supplying the Bogie Gear L/G closed shop.
So IA may be forced to replace them with the Convential Two Wheel L/G in the Future.
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RE: Main Landing Gear Of Airbus A320

Sun Apr 10, 2005 10:01 pm

IC doesn't even require the 4 wheel bogies anymore since all the runways they are operating the A320 on have now been upgraded and can accomodate "regular" A320s.
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RE: Main Landing Gear Of Airbus A320

Sun Apr 10, 2005 10:09 pm

I wouldn't mind seeing the A321 with the 8 wheel landing gear. It would almost look as good as the 757  wink 
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RE: Main Landing Gear Of Airbus A320

Wed Apr 13, 2005 5:02 am

Sorry VS75741R, no A321 has the double bogey gear. As mentioned only the 30 A320s originally purchased by Indian Airlines have this feature. 1 of them was lost in a crash in 1990, the others continue to fly. Those will certainly be very tricky planes to sell unless some operator purchases the entire batch.

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RE: Main Landing Gear Of Airbus A320

Wed Apr 13, 2005 5:23 am

Well you also have to take into consideration the fact that these aircraft are now close to 15 years old...

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RE: Main Landing Gear Of Airbus A320

Wed Apr 13, 2005 12:12 pm

Quoting OV735 (Reply 2):
Russian planes have larger undercarriages

I remember seeing TU154s being given a 'cooling' treatment right after landing in DEL. As soon as the a/c halts, 2 water tankers rush to the place and pour/spray cold water on the tyres which heat up due to friction.

I guess, tyre explosion also caused a crash in DEL, some years back. no one died though...

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