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Old 21st Oct 2012, 10:45   #1 (permalink)
 
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Airbus wings/Yellow bracket?

Hi

Just wondered what the yellow brackets sticking up from airbus wings are used for? (look to be about at 1/3rd span)

look forward to answers
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Old 21st Oct 2012, 10:46   #2 (permalink)
 
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Airbus wings/Yellow bracket?

I think they are to attach the overwing slides onto.
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Old 21st Oct 2012, 10:55   #3 (permalink)
 
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That's right. If a slide deflates on the main doors it can be used as a rag slide with two people pulling on and holding it at the bottom. That doesn't quite work at the over wings unless the slide is attached to the wing. So on the overwing dual lane slide there is a clip that can be attached to the bracket which enables someone at the bottom to use it as a rag slide.
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Old 23rd Oct 2012, 17:22   #4 (permalink)
 
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It's also the attachment point for the parachute for that wing (obviously there is one for each side). (it is at the C of G).

In the event of a sudden, alarming descent which the pilot decides is never going to become controllable, he operates an alarm to tell the CC to open the emergency window, and take the parachute pack out on to the wing and clip it on to the bracket you can see.

The parachute pack is stowed under the exit seat for that purpose.

The same procedure is followed for each wing. As soon as the parachute is secure the CC comes back into the cabin bringing the release cord. The releases for both sides are pulled simultaneously to prevent asymetric uplift.

The aircraft then descends in a stately manner to the surface, while passengers don their lifejackets in the approved fashion if over water, record the video for YouTube, text their families and the press with details of their terrifying ordeal, get their hand luggage ready for leaving the aircraft, go for an emergency pee,and so on.

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Old 23rd Oct 2012, 23:53   #5 (permalink)


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Ah Capot, that's made me chuckle! Pity it's not April 1st!
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Old 23rd Oct 2012, 23:54   #6 (permalink)
 
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A320s I've operated use them to attach guide ropes to. These are stowed in the small overhead locker above the overwing exits and attach to a bracket on the inside of the exit, they are then attached to the brackets on the wing. From memory, this was just for ditching.
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Old 24th Oct 2012, 04:18   #7 (permalink)
 
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A320s I've operated use them to attach guide ropes to.
Same story on the B737, except the guide rope is stored in a pocket inside the exit aperture.
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Old 24th Oct 2012, 16:44   #8 (permalink)
 
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Nice one, capot!
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Old 24th Oct 2012, 21:21   #9 (permalink)
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Since we read it on PPRuNe, Capot, it must be true.
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Old 25th Oct 2012, 05:50   #10 (permalink)
 
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A320 Handles

And I thought they were used to hang the airplane from the factory ceiling while it was being built, and the airlines were just too lazy to remove them. You learn something new every day!

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Old 25th Oct 2012, 08:33   #11 (permalink)
 
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I thought it had to do with lifting the A320 in case the undercarriage fails.

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Old 25th Oct 2012, 08:38   #12 (permalink)
 
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It's in case the aircraft breaks down mid-air, another aircraft could tow it to a repair facility.
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Old 25th Oct 2012, 10:25   #13 (permalink)
 
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(Perhaps) back on topic. I recall that Balair's A310's wings were almost completely yellow. Thankfully that didn't last too long.

Edited to add:

Even found a picture.

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Old 25th Oct 2012, 16:13   #14 (permalink)
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ExXB Please don't get us back on topic.

I want to watch the flight engineer walk out on to the wing, with harness attached to the yellow fixing point. (mid-flight to check the level of fuel in the tanks with a dip stick.)
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Old 25th Oct 2012, 17:23   #15 (permalink)
 
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Sorry for my previous serious answer. Maybe this yellow brackets can be used to tow a caravan or two for extra seating capacity or better accommodation. Also they can tow some baggage carts.

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