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"Danger" Panel On A380 Pedestal?

Fri Dec 03, 2010 1:21 am

Hi all,

I have a question about this panel on the center pedestal of the A380.


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Toward the back of the pedestal there on the left side is a red panel that says "DANGER" with what looks like a glass cover. I have only noticed this panel in this specific picture. All the other pictures of the A380 cockpits lack this panel. So, what is it?

Other A380 cockpits either have switches


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Or an empty panel


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What are they? Why do they differ? Are they airline specific?

Thanks all.
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ArmitageShanks
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RE: "Danger" Panel On A380 Pedestal?

Fri Dec 03, 2010 1:33 am

It's like the garbage disposal in your kitchen sink but for paperwork.

After a flight all used paperwork and flight plans are put inside and it shreds it for security reasons.

Different companies have different procedures so that might explain the different panel configurations.
 
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RE: "Danger" Panel On A380 Pedestal?

Fri Dec 03, 2010 1:35 am

Probably an initiator for the emergency escape system on the #1 test aircraft. I'm not positive but I'd guess they need to depressurize before bailing out and this is accomplished by blowing a hole in the hull somewhere.
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RE: "Danger" Panel On A380 Pedestal?

Fri Dec 03, 2010 2:48 am

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 2):

I'm going with that. The OP photo is demo aircraft 001.. so I'm sure it's only there on test aircraft
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RE: "Danger" Panel On A380 Pedestal?

Fri Dec 03, 2010 3:00 am

Quoting EMBQA (Reply 3):
I'm going with that. The OP photo is demo aircraft 001.. so I'm sure it's only there on test aircraft

It's also orange...both Boeing and Airbus pretty consistently use orange to denote flight test installed stuff.

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RE: "Danger" Panel On A380 Pedestal?

Fri Dec 03, 2010 10:15 pm

Probably to blow the escape hatch in the tricked-out cargo door:

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RE: "Danger" Panel On A380 Pedestal?

Fri Dec 03, 2010 11:37 pm

Quoting ArmitageShanks (Reply 1):

Seriously? Such measurements exist? Chances are that when I'm walking off an aircraft, I'll have the paperwork with me.   The only information that would really need to be protected is the crew name list, which can be excluded easily. If no one takes the paperwork home, it usually makes its way into a regular garbage bag – not shredded, that is.
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RE: "Danger" Panel On A380 Pedestal?

Fri Dec 03, 2010 11:47 pm

My follow up question would be; so what are the red switches in the 2nd photo?
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tdscanuck
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RE: "Danger" Panel On A380 Pedestal?

Sat Dec 04, 2010 1:33 am

Quoting TravelAVNut (Reply 7):
My follow up question would be; so what are the red switches in the 2nd photo?

Given the colour, design, location, and MSN of the aircraft, I'd guess they're function or cutoff switches for installed flight test instrumentation.

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