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Airbus A320 Landing Lights

Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:30 am

Pretty much all of the passenger planes built today have landing lights built into the wing, but that's not the case for the A320. It still has the older style where it either opens out of the fuselage or under the wings (Under the wings for the A320) just like the A300, and A310. The 737-100/200 and other 737's and even the 707 had integrated landing lights in the wing.

I heard of something about the prototype A320 having different wings including integrated landing lights. Is that true? If so are there pictures?? I would like to see.
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RE: Airbus A320 Landing Lights

Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:47 am

Well, looking at this picture of the A320 prototype I don't see any lights in the wings.


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RE: Airbus A320 Landing Lights

Mon Feb 11, 2013 4:51 am

Quoting Tristan7977 (Thread starter):
The 737-100/200 and other 737's and even the 707 had integrated landing lights in the wing.

You conveniently ignore the fact that 737-100/200/300/400/500/600/700/800/900/9ER/MAX7/MAX8/MAX9 also have landing lights that deploy from the wings or fuselage...
The classics have lights which deploy from the outboard flap canoe, and the NG's and MAX have much better lights which deploy from the belly.
 
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RE: Airbus A320 Landing Lights

Mon Feb 11, 2013 5:50 am

AA737-823 I know that already. But I'm talking in general about the main landing lights. The one on the wings. The MAX might not have that feature anymore, actually.
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RE: Airbus A320 Landing Lights

Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:03 am

It could be because most Boeings have inboard kruegers while the Airbii have slats, which makes mounting lights an issue.
 
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RE: Airbus A320 Landing Lights

Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:26 am

Quoting Tristan7977 (Reply 3):
AA737-823 I know that already. But I'm talking in general about the main landing lights. The one on the wings. The MAX might not have that feature anymore, actually.

There are no "main" landing lights. The retractables on the NG are identical to the fixed lights, in terms of wattage and bulb part number; neither set can be considered "main".
And if the MAX isn't going to have them, I'd like to see what the alternative will be; the nose gear is already a cramped place on a 737, and there aren't many other options. In fact, nothing comes to mind. I don't see why Boeing would engineer them somewhere else; there's no drag created when they're stowed, and they are in a convenient location as it is. Putting them somewhere else would require a waste of resources, which Southwest, ehm, "customers" won't allow.

Quoting LH707330 (Reply 4):



It could be because most Boeings have inboard Kruegers while the Airbii have slats, which makes mounting lights an issue.

I'm not convinced; the 747 has Kruegers, but both sets of lights in the wing. The 7-5/6/7/8-7 have no Kruegers in the inboard-most position (only next to pylons), but also have lights in the wing root area.
 
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RE: Airbus A320 Landing Lights

Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:32 pm

If the A320 has lights like that and the 707 has lights integrated, then I'm not sure you can say one is "older style" compared to the other.
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RE: Airbus A320 Landing Lights

Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:06 pm

When extended, those A320 landing lights make alot of noise.

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