Mr Spaceman
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A320 Aerodynamic Wingtip Feature?

Thu Jul 19, 2001 3:43 am

Hi guys. I know what a winglet is, and thanks to this forum, a few months ago I learned about Raked wingtips. (I couldn't find a pic of a "raked" wingtip).

Can someone please tell me if there is a name for the aerodynamic feature that's on the wingtips of an Airbus A320 and other Airbuses?

Also, does it's different shape mean it provides different benefits then a winglet?

To me, it looks like half of a Flight Feather you'd find on a dart. It looks Cool!


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RE: A320 Aerodynamic Wingtip Feature?

Thu Jul 19, 2001 4:24 am

I think they call this feature on A320-series 'winglets', and that they have no special name for this type of winglet.

Of course, I could be wrong...

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RE: A320 Aerodynamic Wingtip Feature?

Thu Jul 19, 2001 4:52 am

Hi Apuneger. Well OK. That sure could be the case. I just thought that they might have a different name, if any, because their shape is unique.

Perhaps someone will let us know for sure.

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RE: A320 Aerodynamic Wingtip Feature?

Thu Jul 19, 2001 7:35 am

On the A300, this item is called the Wing "Fence" or Wing-Tip "Fence". The MM states it's purpose is to reduce drag.
I guess you can call it a Winglet if you wish. I don't think anyone would mind.
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RE: A320 Aerodynamic Wingtip Feature?

Thu Jul 19, 2001 5:43 pm

Hi Mr Spaceman,

What you have on A300s, A310s and the A318/319/320/321s is called "Wing Tip Fence" and has a different size and shape than the "Winglet" you have on A330s, A340s, B744s (exept B747-400D).

The goal is the same for both: destroying the vortex created at the wing-tip and thus, reduce drag. Therefore, it reduces the fuel consumption.

Why a different shape? Sorry, no idea. If you look at the MD11, you'll get another shape too though the goal is the same again.

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RE: A320 Aerodynamic Wingtip Feature?

Fri Jul 20, 2001 3:36 am

Hello Gentlemen.

Thanks a lot for that info MightyFalcon & Dc10hound. I know that it was a simple question (no heavy duty technical stuff), however I've often wondered about those wingtips...and now I know their name. It's much appreciated.

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