Max Q
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A380 Exterior Lighting

Thu Aug 19, 2010 4:37 am

Looking at the latest issue of Airways on the cover is a head on picture of a LH A380.


On closer examination it appears there are, perhaps six lights embedded just behind the leading edge of the wing spreading out from close to the fuselage spanwise across the underside of the wing pointing downwards.


Are these real, just a reflection or are my old eyes deceiving me ?!
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RE: A380 Exterior Lighting

Thu Aug 19, 2010 5:04 am

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/30/A380_singapore_airlines_takeoff_arp.jpg

Look like some sort of exhaust vents to me, probably for the AC packs.

And as a side question, is that big brown apparently oily streak from the packs as well? Or is the the galley vent and its coffee flushed down the drain that has smeared along the belly when dumped overboard? 
 
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RE: A380 Exterior Lighting

Thu Aug 19, 2010 6:09 am

Thanks for the picture but I was not referring to the vents.



Anyone else with a copy of Airways see what I am referring to ?!
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RE: A380 Exterior Lighting

Thu Aug 19, 2010 7:47 am

Quoting Max Q (Thread starter):
just a reflection or are my old eyes deceiving me ?!

I'm thinking it's this part.

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RE: A380 Exterior Lighting

Fri Aug 20, 2010 4:28 am

Quoting Max Q (Thread starter):
Are these real, just a reflection or are my old eyes deceiving me ?!

They look like reflections of the (very bright) pavement lights to me.

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RE: A380 Exterior Lighting

Fri Aug 20, 2010 6:27 am

Quoting tdscanuck (Reply 4):
They look like reflections of the (very bright) pavement lights to me.

Thats what I thought at first and it could well be but if it's a reflection why is it at 90 degrees to the alignment of the runway lights ?!
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RE: A380 Exterior Lighting

Fri Aug 20, 2010 3:47 pm

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 1):
And as a side question, is that big brown apparently oily streak from the packs as well? Or is the the galley vent and its coffee flushed down the drain that has smeared along the belly when dumped overboard? 

It appears to be on the rear part of the engines as well.

I have no technical knowledge of any aircraft what so ever, but I don't see any kind of opening at the start of where the brown streak is.

Looks like a big skid mark though  
 
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RE: A380 Exterior Lighting

Fri Aug 20, 2010 6:32 pm

looks like coffee, not sure if that is a drain mast or a VHF aerial just forward of where it starts
 
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RE: A380 Exterior Lighting

Fri Aug 20, 2010 6:35 pm

Quoting b78710 (Reply 7):
looks like coffee, not sure if that is a drain mast or a VHF aerial just forward of where it starts

I want to say I see a gray drain mast in between the bottom VHF antenna in the front and where the streak starts.
 
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RE: A380 Exterior Lighting

Sat Aug 21, 2010 2:20 am

Quoting Max Q (Reply 5):
why is it at 90 degrees to the alignment of the runway lights ?!

I'm not sure, other than I was assuming the wing mold line was in the right spot to pick up the same lights from multiple spots...since the lights are 5-wide on the runway, you end up with multiple reflections across the leading edge.

Quoting xero9 (Reply 6):
I don't see any kind of opening at the start of where the brown streak is.

It wouldn't be right at the start of the streak...it would take some distance for the plume from any drain mast to hit the fuselage.

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 8):
I want to say I see a gray drain mast in between the bottom VHF antenna in the front and where the streak starts.

Agreed.

Tom.

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