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Tape On Nose, Airbus

Tue Aug 28, 2001 2:00 am

When I was spotting from the Terminal at DEN this month, I noticed a UAL airbus 320 about to push back (loaded) and there were 3 people doing something to the nose. since the Nose was close to the terminal window I had a good view and even got some photos of it.

They were applying some kind of tape to the very tip of the nose cone. when they walked away I could see it. It was clear because you could still see the United rainbow-colored stripes but it looked like some kind of patch. And then, the jet was pushed back and headed out to the runway.

why would they do this? What does the tape do? I bet it didn't give the passengers a good feeling seeing the plane leave with a taped up nose!
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RE: Tape On Nose, Airbus

Tue Aug 28, 2001 3:22 pm

It's quite common to apply a polyurethane tape to the tip of the radome to prevent paint erosion. Same deal with composite prop blades, tape is used on the leading edges.
 
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RE: Tape On Nose, Airbus

Tue Aug 28, 2001 3:41 pm

>>I bet it didn't give the passengers a good feeling seeing the plane leave with a taped up nose!<<

Judging by other recent discussions on the tech-ops forum, missing paint dosen't exactly put them at ease.
 
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RE: Tape On Nose, Airbus

Tue Aug 28, 2001 7:18 pm

The tape was probably applied to protect an area of erosion that was found either during the walk-around or carried over from previous maintenance.

Very common on composite structures.
 
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RE: Tape On Nose, Airbus

Wed Aug 29, 2001 2:09 am

But wouldn't the tape come off in flight, with the cold temperatures and speed of the air hitting it?
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RE: Tape On Nose, Airbus

Wed Aug 29, 2001 3:01 pm

>>>But wouldn't the tape come off in flight, with the cold temperatures and speed of the air hitting it?<<<

I remember chatting with a couple of race car fanatics one time about taping up damaged composite structures. They were telling me that race teams used this stuff called "100 mph tape" to re-attach things lost from the race car during track mishaps. I replied that in aviation, we used something similar, but much stronger and stickier, and we called it "600 mph tape".

It usually stays on, if it's applied correctly and the surface prepared properly.

 
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RE: Tape On Nose, Airbus

Thu Aug 30, 2001 8:07 am

Awwwwww, did the baby-bussy get a bang-bang on its nosey???  Smile
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