From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Ed Hahn) Organization: The MITRE Corporation, McLean, Va. Date: 22 Mar 94 09:52:44 PST References: 1 Followups: 1
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In article <airliners.1994.1028@orchard.Chicago.COM> email@example.com (Walter Shepherd) writes: There have been a number of postings related to cabin attendants pushing carts up hill and whether or not it is efficient to fly airliners with a positive AOA on the fuselage. Everyone seems to be assuming that the flight deck and the longitudinal axis of the fuselage are parallel... are they? does anyone out there know for sure? I have a dim distant recollection that in fact, they are not one and the same for the DC-10. I recall hearing that substaintial structural weight was saved (remember the floor buckling accidents??) at the cost of tiring out the cabin attendants by having a 3 degree tilt on the flight deck. ---- Not sure about the older aircraft in service, but I DO know that the A330 and A340 have a significant nose-down attitude on the cabin floor when sitting on the landing gear. Furthermore, the floor is not flat, and increases in slope toward the rear of the aircraft. I think that if you find a picture of the A340 looking down the fuselage, this effect will be very noticable... ed //////// Ed Hahn | firstname.lastname@example.org | (703) 883-5988 \\\\\\\\ The above comment reflects the opinions of the author, and does not constitute endorsement or implied warranty by the MITRE Corporation. Really, I wouldn't kid you about a thing like this.