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Protrusion On A330 Freighter

Fri Apr 12, 2013 9:51 pm

Can anyone tell me what the small hump around the nose gear bay is for?


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RE: Protrusion On A330 Freighter

Fri Apr 12, 2013 9:56 pm

If I recall, the NLG was lengthened on the A330 freighter, and the bump was needed to facilitate the retraction of the longer strut.
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RE: Protrusion On A330 Freighter

Fri Apr 12, 2013 9:59 pm

I can remembered if the NLG was lengthened or just mounted lower- but it is one of those. And to answer the inevitable question as to why: It is so the plane has a flat loading floor on the ground to make loading cargo easier (if you look at pax A332s on the ground you can see it has a nose down pitch).
 
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RE: Protrusion On A330 Freighter

Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:06 pm

Quoting Polot (Reply 2):

I can remembered if the NLG was lengthened or just mounted lower- but it is one of those

mounted lower so the undercarriage leg was the same as on the pax versions to maintain commonality

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/art...loor-to-ease-cargo-loading-211629/
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RE: Protrusion On A330 Freighter

Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:21 pm

Polot is right.

The pax version has a shorter nose gear - why? It saves weight. The passengers do not care if the aircraft is tilted forward by some 1 or 2 degrees.

But the freight version has some issues with pallets if the aircraft isn't exactly level.


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