Mr Spaceman
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"Stripes" On All A320's Right Side?

Thu May 17, 2001 5:57 am

Hi guys. I have noticed that all Airbus A320-211 Jets have a single "Dark Stripe" on the right side of the body, on the very Rear End of the Fairing that covers the right wing Root. This stripe is ONLY on the "Right" side of the aircraft. "Air Canada" really marks this area with several RED Stripes!

Can someone please tell me what these stripes are for? I suspect they are used to mark the location of some type of "Equipment" that is located behind the fairing in that area.

What type of equipment is located behind these stripes [if that is the reason], and why on only the right side [if there is a reason]?

Thanks,
Chris


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RE: "Stripes" On All A320's Right Side?

Thu May 17, 2001 7:40 am

Hi again. I have noticed that the stripes on the A320's in the photo's that I posted with the question, are right beside the Large Cargo Door. This door appears to be ONLY on the right side of the aircraft as well.

Could these stripes have something to do with the Cargo Door, and not some type of interior equipment in that area?

Still wondering.

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RE: "Stripes" On All A320's Right Side?

Thu May 17, 2001 7:45 am

I wondered that myself but the stripes stop before the back edge of the fairing, so I doubt if they are to help remind drivers of carts and conveyors to avoid the fairing. Also, other airlines just have the vertical stripe - hardly eye catching.

Does anyone have cutaway drawing to help find the answer?
 
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RE: "Stripes" On All A320's Right Side?

Thu May 17, 2001 8:14 am

thsi is your answer:

Airbus instists a distinguishable stripe must be painted on the fairing to clearly show the shape of the cargo door because part of the fairing is attatched on the cargo door and will fold up together with that door!

This is only the case on the A319 and A320 BTW.
On the A321 there is some lower fuselage between the right side of the door and the tip of the fairing, so you won't find a stripe on these planes since no part of the the fairing will move up.
 
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RE: "Stripes" On All A320's Right Side?

Thu May 17, 2001 8:18 am

I know this is a strangely shaped cargo door, but the reason for doing this is that it was the only way to combine an optimal aerodynamical design of the fairing with a cargo door large enough to accept standard sized containers.
 
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RE: "Stripes" On All A320's Right Side?

Thu May 17, 2001 8:33 am

I think it's clear that the line is there to mark the boundary of the cargo door.......my guess is that its there to remind the cargo loaders that the contour is irregular.......with containerised aircraft, a high loader must be driven up to the lip of the door.......in the A319/A320 case, if the high loader is an inch to the right, it will come into contact with the aircraft contour......the line is there to remind the driver to keep left of the line.......I think the AC stripy design accentuates the black line function......
 
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RE:Cargo Door "Stripes"

Sat May 19, 2001 9:32 am

Well, that sure makes sense to me. Thanks guys for letting me know the reason for the stripes.

The mighty L-1011 also has a cargo door that has a body fairing molded into it. In fact, in this case the fairing runs through the "whole" door from front to back! This door is also on the right side, a few feet behind the right wing root. For some reason though, there are NO warning stripes on any of the L-1011's that are in the photo section. EXCEPT ONE...Air Transat. [and these stripes run horizontally, showing the contour of the fairing], Now why would that be? Umm, very interesting.

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RE: "Stripes" On All A320's Right Side?

Sat May 19, 2001 10:05 am

Perhaps the government requires that all airlines operating from Canada must have these markings to improve safety for the ground crews?
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RE: "Stripes" On All A320's Right Side?

Mon May 21, 2001 6:38 am

The fairings are made of composite material and the stripe is for protection of the right hand fairing just in front of the door and is made of metal. It has the same function as the metallic protectors visible under each entry door and under the bulk cargo door.
 
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RE: "Stripes" On All A320's Right Side?

Mon May 21, 2001 6:42 am

I guess AC must have had a few hits if they feel the need to paint red lines all around that area....

Cheers for the explanation....

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