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Engine Cone Paint

Tue Aug 22, 2000 3:52 am

Why is there a spiral pattern painted on the cone (center of fan) of an engine? Some aircraft have this paint while others do not. What is its purpose? Thanks.
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RE: Engine Cone Paint

Tue Aug 22, 2000 4:17 am

I have been told that it's to scare birds away.
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RE: Engine Cone Paint

Tue Aug 22, 2000 4:33 am

I was seated near the rear of a DL md-90 and saw this yellow spiral as I looked back at the engine. Probably so they can tell how fast the fan is spinning by looking at the spiral, or to scare birds away.
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RE: Engine Cone Paint The Answer!

Tue Aug 22, 2000 5:14 am

The little swirl is there for two reasons:

1.To scare birds away
2.In some situations it is difficult to tell when an engine is spinning and when it's not, look at the center, if you see the swirl it's not moving, if you see a blur, it is.

This question has been asked and answered MANY times, please search before posting questions.

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RE: Engine Cone Paint

Tue Aug 22, 2000 6:16 am

JAL did a study with its 747s having some airplanes with engine spinners that were painted black and some airplanes with spinners painted with the spiral pattern. The different airplanes were operated on similar routes. JAL's study clearly showed that the airplanes with spiral-painted spinners had fewer birdstrikes. The irony is that despite its test results, JAL did not paint its remaining spinners.

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