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  • Circles on Nose

    I was wondering, what's with the circles going around British Airways' 757-200s and Airbus' A380 F-WWOW

    http://www.airliners.net/open.file/1236329/M/
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    Last edited by AJ; 2007-07-26, 01:47.


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  • #2
    BA's 737's also have them as well.

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    • #3
      Duh! Cause it's cute.
      Tanner Johnson - Owner
      twenty53 Photography

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      • #4
        So the pilots don't get as much glare from the sun..






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        • #5
          They make the planes go 30kts faster














          While reducing glare

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          • #6
            Allegedly it signifies that the aircraft is equipped for MLS approaches.

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            • #7
              What are MLS approaches?


              I wish I worked for Delta
              AVL to ATL and CVG on Delta

              My virtual airline is located here.

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              • #8
                Microwave Landing System:
                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microwave_Landing_System

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                • #9
                  I doubt the pilots can even see the painted disc for it to reduce glare. I would tend to go with AJ's option of MLS equipment, especially since the NASA Shuttle uses a similar approach method and also has a dark band around the nose.

                  The F-WOWW picture from airliners was especially interesting....mostly because JetPhotos screeners would reject it for "aircraft not centred".

                  Just kidding, don't start a war.
                  If it 'ain't broken........ Don't try to mend it !

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by AVLWATCHER
                    What are MLS approaches?

                    You are a 757 captian and you don't know what MLS is?

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                    • #11
                      Not many do if they've never used it. It's not like they teach it during IFR training in a light single (or even light twin) which half the time is lucky to have 2 fully functional VOR receivers, much less something as complex as an MLS receiver.

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