airbusA346
Posts: 7284
Joined: Fri Dec 10, 2004 7:05 am

F-WWAI & A330F Questions

Wed Feb 28, 2007 5:44 am

I was just wondering is the weird hump on the nose of F-WWAI, has something to do with this, e.g Testing.

Quote:
From Wikipedia Airbus A330 page.
To overcome the standard A330's nose-down body angle on the ground, the A330F will make use of a revised nose landing gear layout. The same leg will be used, however it will be attached lower in the fuselage, requiring a distinctive blister fairing on the nose to accommodate the retracted nosegear.




View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Terence Li



Also why are the going to do that with the nose gear on the A330F why not just lengthen the nose gear, instead of lowering the nose gear assembly in the aircraft and creating that horrible looking hump.

Tom.
Tom Walker '086' First Officer of a A318/A319 for Air Lambert - Hours Flown: 17 hour 05 minutes (last updated 24/12/05).
 
A342
Posts: 4017
Joined: Sun Jul 31, 2005 11:05 pm

RE: F-WWAI & A330F Questions

Wed Feb 28, 2007 5:51 am

Lengthening the nose gear would be very expensive, and it wouldn't look any better. Airlines won't care about the look.

I think that A340 is testing something else, the fairing looks different.
Exceptions confirm the rule.
 
KL808
Posts: 1534
Joined: Thu May 20, 1999 3:49 am

RE: F-WWAI & A330F Questions

Wed Feb 28, 2007 6:14 am

Isn't the hump for extra strenghthening too.

Drew
AMS-LAX-MNL
 
airbusA346
Posts: 7284
Joined: Fri Dec 10, 2004 7:05 am

RE: F-WWAI & A330F Questions

Wed Feb 28, 2007 7:00 am

Quoting KL808 (Reply 2):

How can it be used for strengthening, when it isn't used on any other Airbus Freighter.  Wink

Tom.
Tom Walker '086' First Officer of a A318/A319 for Air Lambert - Hours Flown: 17 hour 05 minutes (last updated 24/12/05).
 
RichardPrice
Posts: 4474
Joined: Sat Apr 23, 2005 5:12 am

RE: F-WWAI & A330F Questions

Wed Feb 28, 2007 8:55 am

Quoting AirbusA346 (Thread starter):

Also why are the going to do that with the nose gear on the A330F why not just lengthen the nose gear, instead of lowering the nose gear assembly in the aircraft and creating that horrible looking hump.

Wouldnt lengthening the nose gear also produce the problem of it not fitting into the housing? And thus also create the requirement of a hump?

The size of the wheel well isnt infinite you know...  Smile
 
CV580Freak
Posts: 886
Joined: Sat Jul 23, 2005 12:39 am

RE: F-WWAI & A330F Questions

Wed Feb 28, 2007 9:28 am

I read in FI's Straight & Level that it's nothing to do with the nose gear. It is,in fact, being secretly being developed to house a chin mounted weapon to take out the oppositions freighter/tankers in 'head to head' competitions.

It will also be fitted with a chaff system designed to blow A350 Mk 1 marketing brochures into the engine inlets of the competitors........
One day you are the pigeon, the next the statue ...
 
CV580Freak
Posts: 886
Joined: Sat Jul 23, 2005 12:39 am

RE: F-WWAI & A330F Questions

Wed Feb 28, 2007 9:30 am

Seriously though, I think the avionics bay was moved in the original pax A330 to accomodate a crew rest area and it's obviously easier (and cheaper) to tinker with the undercarriage than the avionics.
One day you are the pigeon, the next the statue ...
 
chuchoteur
Posts: 609
Joined: Tue Sep 12, 2006 9:17 pm

RE: F-WWAI & A330F Questions

Wed Feb 28, 2007 4:53 pm

Ref A330, answered your own question...
cheaper to modify a bit of structure than redesign and certify a new undercarriage unit.
of course, it would have been better from the get go to have an aircraft that sat level on the ground...


Ref A340 pic, it is the prototype testing a LIDAR (Laser radar thingy) in trials ref clear air turbulence (CAT)

Popular Searches On Airliners.net

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos