From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Stephen H. Westin) Organization: ECC at Ford Motor Company, Dearborn Michigan Date: 24 Mar 94 14:01:36 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. > There is at least one Airbus where the deck slopes upward toward the tail at the rear of the fuselage, where it begins to taper. Most of the cabin has a level deck. I don't know the model; I just noticed it one boring day at Heathrow. I assume this is to keep the passengers sitting at the widest part of the fuselage as it tapers upward. For the same reason, I would bet that the deck follows the C/L of the tube pretty closely; otherwise cabin space would be lost. -- -Stephen H. Westin firstname.lastname@example.org The information and opinions in this message are mine, not Ford's.