My dear readers know me well enough by now, to realize that I am not one to bash any sort of safety effort, be it in the form of someone teaching a safety class, publish an article or simply share news, which in many cases can help a confused, or not so confused, air(wo)man in making better decisions…
When I opened my last email from FAASafety.gov the subject line revealed an interesting subject:
“FAASafety.gov – General Information “What’s all the flap about?
I fully expected to read either an interesting dissertation on flap hinge inspections, or partial flap blockage, maybe some wisdom laden article on how we tend to use flaps to early, to late, or how we sometimes not have them at all. Maybe someone would go into the details of a regular training airplanes abuse and shape of flaps, how much play they should have, or simply something we did not think about lately, in the general context of these barn doors, we nonchalantly call flaps. However, what I found was the equivalent of a monstrous article that leaves the reader gasping for air (shortly after picking oneself up from the cold and hard tiles) wondering what may have happened on the authors desk, today! There must have been an interruption, such as lunch, a meeting, maybe even worse! Whatever it may have been, the sheer size and content not only blew yours truly away, it also left him scratching his head… Buckle up & pay attention, here it comes:
— FAASafety.gov ——————————————————–
What’s all the flap about?
Notice Number: NOTC2324
Never retract the flaps to correct for undershooting an approach since this will suddenly decrease the lift and cause the airplane to sink even more rapidly.
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My apologies for this unsolicited attack on humor…it won’t happen again!