IC A320 Landing Gear

Mon Oct 02, 2000 8:42 pm

Whay do Indian Airlines 320's have four wheels on each main landing gear?


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RE: IC A320 Landing Gear

Mon Oct 02, 2000 10:01 pm

Hi Pakistania!

The reason why the Indian Airlines as 4 instead of 2 wheels was a special request for India operation, I think they have quite ruff airports over there!!! By the way can you tell me if the ex: TAP 747-282's are still operating with PIA?
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RE: IC A320 Landing Gear

Mon Oct 02, 2000 11:21 pm

Ostensibly it was for operations to rough secondary airfields with less than perfect landing conditions.
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RE: IC A320 Landing Gear

Tue Oct 03, 2000 12:10 am

Ok this topic came up a long time back as well.

The double bogey mail wheels were specially designed to allow operations into airports like Indore, Jhansi and almost all airports in the North-East where runways are pretty rough. Apparently, the B737-200's that IC operates never had this problem. (Dont ask me why!)

However, IC was the only airline to operate these uniquely configured A320s, and procuring spares was becoming a major problem. So IC started replacing the double-bogey main wheels with conventional landing gear. Perhaps that conversion is now complete.

Another thing that i have seen is that some A320's have some kind of plate fitted to the front landing gear. I havent seen this modification on any other A320's, and many in the IC fleet did not have this either. I was told this was to prevent gravel ingestion!

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RE: IC A320 Landing Gear

Tue Oct 03, 2000 1:14 am

Hi guys!

About that plate fitted also in the A320's it's kinda of new to me. I remember seeing some good old B. 737-200 with those things too and a small pipe in each engine also to prevent gravel ingestion, normally I would see that in 737's from african airlines, two that I remember wher Air Zaire and TAAG-Angola Airlines!
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