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What Is This In The Back Of The A380?

Fri Jun 17, 2005 5:40 am


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...what's this red tube on the elevator of the A380 ?

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RE: What Is This In The Back Of The A380?

Fri Jun 17, 2005 6:07 am

Seems like a pitot tube, probably to measure some parameters on the top side of the horizontal tailplane (aire pressure, speed, temperature,...).

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RE: What Is This In The Back Of The A380?

Fri Jun 17, 2005 2:08 pm

Is it a Pitot tube for the Feel Computer sense or A Fence.Any other pics from a Different Angle.
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RE: What Is This In The Back Of The A380?

Fri Jun 17, 2005 3:44 pm

It does look like a pitot tube. The fact that it is red indicates that it is probably part of the Flight Test Instrumentation (FTI). The first A380s will be development aircraft and there will be all sorts of equipment testing and measuring different paramaters on just about all of the aircraft.
 
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RE: What Is This In The Back Of The A380?

Sat Sep 26, 2009 2:55 am

It seems like some type of pitot tube, but only for the test 380's, as none of the ones in service have it.
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RE: What Is This In The Back Of The A380?

Sat Sep 26, 2009 3:25 pm



Quoting Saintsman (Reply 3):
It does look like a pitot tube. The fact that it is red indicates that it is probably part of the Flight Test Instrumentation

It is a pitot tube.

All flight test equipment should be painted red to aid in conversion before delivery, if its red it has to be removed or replaced.

However, there is another non standard part that can be seen in the top picture that is not painted red and not on the aircraft in the second picture:


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RE: What Is This In The Back Of The A380?

Sat Sep 26, 2009 8:06 pm



Quoting 474218 (Reply 5):
However, there is another non standard part that can be seen in the top picture that is not painted red and not on the aircraft in the second picture

I think my eyes are playing tricks on me, but it looks like the paint is chipped off on the vertical stab above the 8 in 380. The pattern is too regular to be random. Are they pressure taps to measure static pressure along the vertical fin?

Or is what you are seeing so obvious that you are going to make me smack my forehead?
 
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RE: What Is This In The Back Of The A380?

Sat Sep 26, 2009 9:03 pm



Quoting 787atPAE (Reply 6):
think my eyes are playing tricks on me, but it looks like the paint is chipped off on the vertical stab above the 8 in 380. The pattern is too regular to be random. Are they pressure taps to measure static pressure along the vertical fin?

Or is what you are seeing so obvious that you are going to make me smack my forehead?

Take a look at the very top of the vertical stabilizer on s/n 001 (top photo) it has the forward provisions for the trailing cone. It is not there on s/n 003 (bottom photo). They had install a raised fairing to the top of he vertical stabilized so the trailing cone would clear the rudder.

The complete trailing cone installation is clearly visible in this photo:
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RE: What Is This In The Back Of The A380?

Sat Sep 26, 2009 9:36 pm



Quoting 474218 (Reply 5):
However, there is another non standard part that can be seen in the top picture that is not painted red and not on the aircraft in the second picture:

Also a tail strike bumper under the rear fuselage, used for this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwQMXz9PbrY

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