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AA738 with red tips on winglets

Sun Sep 03, 2017 12:39 am

N892NN has small red tips on the winglets. Saw this ship at YVR this morning, scheduled to depart for PHX. Any idea why it has red tips? Is that the only 738 in the AA fleet like this, or are there others? I've never seen this before and I fly AA weekly.

https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/8674144
 
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Re: AA738 with red tips on winglets

Sun Sep 03, 2017 1:03 am

As the aircraft go in for checks I believe that they are painting the tips red because the ground handlers weren’t able to see the winglets very well. They are doing the same with the A321S fleet.
 
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Re: AA738 with red tips on winglets

Sun Sep 03, 2017 1:05 am

Why do ground handlers need to see the winglets?
 
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Re: AA738 with red tips on winglets

Sun Sep 03, 2017 1:18 am

Is this red marking on the inside of the winglets as well or just the outside?
 
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Re: AA738 with red tips on winglets

Sun Sep 03, 2017 1:20 am

flight152 wrote:
Why do ground handlers need to see the winglets?


I imagine it would help during deicing ops.
 
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Re: AA738 with red tips on winglets

Sun Sep 03, 2017 1:34 am

Just thinking out loud here but marking the winglets might also help with pushback at night at airports that have limited maneuvring space. I assume these red wingtips are an eluminating paint that makes these wingtips better visible at night. For the pilot this can also be handy for taxiing at night with limited maneuvring space. Ground collisions with other aircraft and/or ground equipment at night can be limited when the wingtips are better visible at night.

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Re: AA738 with red tips on winglets

Sun Sep 03, 2017 4:19 am

kabq737 wrote:
Is this red marking on the inside of the winglets as well or just the outside?


Looks like just the outside - shot this at CLT last week:

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Re: AA738 with red tips on winglets

Sun Sep 03, 2017 4:27 am

Moose135 wrote:
kabq737 wrote:
Is this red marking on the inside of the winglets as well or just the outside?


Looks like just the outside - shot this at CLT last week:

Image

Thank you for the answer! That's a gorgeous photo!
 
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Re: AA738 with red tips on winglets

Sun Sep 03, 2017 5:00 am

Thank you!
 
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Re: AA738 with red tips on winglets

Sun Sep 03, 2017 5:12 am

They should paint the flag on there. Wouldn't that be something.
 
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Re: AA738 with red tips on winglets

Sun Sep 03, 2017 5:11 pm

KLMatSJC wrote:
They should paint the flag on there. Wouldn't that be something.

Well, I've certainly been out of it for a few years, I always thought the flag was there. <OK, back in my hole>
 
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Re: AA738 with red tips on winglets

Sun Sep 03, 2017 5:31 pm

AA should have either done something to complement the tail on the wingtips or put the new Eagle logo there. I hate naked wingtips.
 
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Re: AA738 with red tips on winglets

Sun Sep 03, 2017 5:52 pm

Saw some a DFW the other day and was hoping they rolled that out across the fleet. Looks great!
 
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Re: AA738 with red tips on winglets

Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:44 pm

KLMatSJC wrote:
They should paint the flag on there. Wouldn't that be something.


Always loved Virgin Atlantic's wingtips.
 
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Re: AA738 with red tips on winglets

Sun Sep 03, 2017 11:01 pm

flight152 wrote:
Why do ground handlers need to see the winglets?


Safety. The ground handlers need to be able to see the winglet tips to prevent having a collision. It's common to have tips painted or some form of marking e.g. SQ A380's.

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