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A346-tape Around Cockpit Area

Thu Apr 14, 2005 1:52 pm

After looking at this photo
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and seeing the silver tape around the front of the fuselage, it has made me wonder, what is the tape for?
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RE: A346-tape Around Cockpit Area

Thu Apr 14, 2005 1:56 pm

Looks like Red Green got a job at Airbus.



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RE: A346-tape Around Cockpit Area

Thu Apr 14, 2005 2:06 pm

Quoting QB737 (Reply 1):
Looks like Red Green got a job at Airbus.

I don't get it....
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RE: A346-tape Around Cockpit Area

Thu Apr 14, 2005 2:08 pm

Quoting Pl4nekr4zy (Reply 2):

Neither do I, care to explan QB737?
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RE: A346-tape Around Cockpit Area

Thu Apr 14, 2005 2:08 pm

Red Green is a character on Canadian TV who fixes everything with duck tape.
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RE: A346-tape Around Cockpit Area

Thu Apr 14, 2005 2:12 pm

Ah, shoulda figured it was some Canadian thing. Wink
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RE: A346-tape Around Cockpit Area

Thu Apr 14, 2005 2:23 pm

PBS shows him in the states as well.

It looks like there might be some sensors which were add to the aircraft, for testing possibly. There a type of heat resistant tape which is silver metallic like this looks out there on the market. Looks like they are taping a wire and sensors on the aircraft.

I certainly hope they are not trying to fix the darn thing Sad
 
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RE: A346-tape Around Cockpit Area

Thu Apr 14, 2005 2:44 pm

Two quotes from Red Green (not just for Canadians by the way).

"If it doesn't move and it should, use WD40. If it does move and it shouldn't, use duct tape."

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RE: A346-tape Around Cockpit Area

Thu Apr 14, 2005 5:10 pm

This aircraft appears to be a flying test bed for Airbus. The tape looks to be covering sensors and wires for those sensors.
 
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RE: A346-tape Around Cockpit Area

Thu Apr 14, 2005 6:31 pm

It seems as if the tape (an electric wire) is going into the nose gear well. From the well there must be a plug that leads the signal into the pressurized cabin (if they are going higher than the height equal to the cabin pressure).
Of course Airbus has plugs for transferring electronic signals from the outside to inside the cabin in their test planes.
But how about normal airliners flying with pax or cargo? Are they equipped with such plugs or some sort of air tight hatch - for temporary cabling - in the wheel well as well?

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RE: A346-tape Around Cockpit Area

Thu Apr 14, 2005 7:38 pm

This is indeed for covering the wires going between the probes/sensors etc inside the cabin to the data acquisition units.

I believe MSN 0360, first A340-600 indeed owned by Airbus for testing, was doing some yaw law studies/improvements lately.

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RE: A346-tape Around Cockpit Area

Thu Apr 14, 2005 10:10 pm

The above comments are correct, and makes sense because of the location of the picture (Toulouse) and the plane has Airbus house colors. This is very common for airframe manufacturers to do when performing testing.
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RE: A346-tape Around Cockpit Area

Fri Apr 15, 2005 1:20 am

We were staring at this picture yesterday, trying to figure out what they are doing. The tape covers leads going to some instrumentation that has been mounted on the fuselage. The instrumentation is either strain gauges or pressure transducers. I would bet that they are pressure transducers, but I can't figure out why they would be measuing pressures at these locations.

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