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What Is This 'thingy' On The A340

Sun Aug 15, 2004 5:21 pm

I was looking at a picture of an A340 and noticed something just aft of the trailing edge of the wing. Its a square-ish shape that seems like it has a purpose. Have a look at post away


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RE: What Is This 'thingy' On The A340

Sun Aug 15, 2004 5:28 pm

Looks like an access panel to me. I think the guys at Tech/Ops would know since I dont know about Airbus very much at all.
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RE: What Is This 'thingy' On The A340

Sun Aug 15, 2004 6:30 pm

To me it looks like a panel covering an overwing escape slide package.

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Sun Aug 15, 2004 6:47 pm

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RE: What Is This 'thingy' On The A340

Mon Aug 16, 2004 3:26 am

OK....thats exactly what i thought it was
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RE: What Is This 'thingy' On The A340

Mon Aug 16, 2004 9:17 am

Does anyone else think it is amazing how large a slide can deploy out of such a relatively small access panel?
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RE: What Is This 'thingy' On The A340

Mon Aug 16, 2004 9:44 am

Yep, it is an evacuation slide panel.

Does anyone else think it is amazing how large a slide can deploy out of such a relatively small access panel?
The slide, when rolled up, is relatively small. The slide first deploys, and then inflates, so that might help with the confusion.

I always thought that the over-wing slide was much more parallel to the aircraft, like the over-wing slide on the 747.

The SAA 346 safety card shows the slide being yellow, but that was most likely done for the benefit of the safety card reader, so is there a difference between yellow- and silver-colored slides?

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RE: What Is This 'thingy' On The A340

Mon Aug 16, 2004 10:05 am

The SAA 346 safety card shows the slide being yellow, but that was most likely done for the benefit of the safety card reader, so is there a difference between yellow- and silver-colored slides?

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Could be that the yellow ones double as rafts and thus need to be more visible. Just a theory.
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RE: What Is This 'thingy' On The A340

Mon Aug 16, 2004 10:08 am

Could be that the yellow ones double as rafts and thus need to be more visible. Just a theory.
All Airbus slides are silver, and even some Boeing ones (mostly newer planes) are silver.

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RE: What Is This 'thingy' On The A340

Mon Aug 16, 2004 10:28 pm

For anyone that is interested, I received an e-mail explaining the yellow/silver slides:
"I believe the silver slides and rafts have two benefits. The sliver presents a better Radar and IR (Heat reflection) signature as well as being light reflective.
SAR missions are no longer dependant on Visual Searches and the Safety Equipment on Aircraft these days are starting to reflect this."

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