From: email@example.com (W.E. Nichols) Organization: InfiNet Date: 10 Oct 96 11:29:25 References: 1 2
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firstname.lastname@example.org (chrisddr) wrote: +In article <airliners.1996.1949@ohare.Chicago.COM>, +email@example.com wrote: + +>I've heard the A320 has a Ram Air Turbine, that automatically ejects +>into the airstream upon engine failure. + +>My question is where is this Ram Air Turbine positioned and how big and +>how much power does it provide? + +It is positioned just forward of the Left MLG. +It is about 30 inches in diameter and provides hydraulic pressure in a +hydraulic failure not engine failure. +I could give you the real details out of the MM if you want them. This is quite interesting. I was in a rather heated discussion in another ng over the RATs. It started with me questioning the use of a hydrazine (very nasty stuff) powered APU in the F-16. This ac also has a UPS (Uninterruptable Power Source) which is used prior to starting the APU in the event of engine failure. Which I understand, powers up much faster than a regular APU. The main argument for having a hydrazine APU was due to the unreliable power provided by a RAT. That is a RAT does not provide good 400HZ power for the ac systems. I sounds to me like someone may have been spouting the gummint line on the reliability of RATs and the power they produce. Anyone have any comments. Nick W.E. Nichols If a frog has wings, it wouldn't bump it's firstname.lastname@example.org it's ass everytime it jumped.