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A320 Series Cargo Door Question

Wed Jul 30, 2003 2:47 am

Hi, I was wondering how the A320 series cargo doors are opened. When I've witnessed it I couldn't see it very well. Each time though as soon as the handle was moved the door seemed to quicky "blow out." Is this accustomed to these planes? Seems like you could be hit in the face! Also where is the power assist button, or whatever you call it, located at? Thanks!
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RE: A320 Series Cargo Door Question

Wed Jul 30, 2003 4:15 am

Flyboy80: To open the A320 fwd cargo door, operating the lever on the door will release the door locks and open the vent panel. The door may then "fall" out a few inches, as it weighs over 200 lbs. The door control "selector lever" is a few feet aft and below the door, inside a small panel (134AR) at about Frame 29. Operating this lever will power the door out hydraulically. This is from the A320 AMM, 52-35-00, Pg.2-4, and Fig. 1. Regards,
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RE: A320 Series Cargo Door Question

Thu Jul 31, 2003 12:19 pm

Does anyone have any pictures of the Mechanism?
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RE: A320 Series Cargo Door Question

Tue Aug 05, 2003 9:09 pm

I had one experience where a ramper did not fully disengage the doors handle. On the A320, the handle it the traditional twist handle. This was not open all the way. The door feel out, and went up partially, but would not budge after that. Me, being the tall person that I am, carefully reached up to put the handle in the fully open position. As soon as I put it there, the door sprang alive, and moved about 3 inches....

Scared the Bejesus out of me, I should have done a lock out, but the hydraulics were already armed....

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