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A300-600R Question  
User currently offlineStarwood From Israel, joined Nov 2003, 16 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 4 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3031 times:

I flew from BKK to HKT two weeks ago on a Thai Airways A300-600R (HS-TAT), and noticed that the flight crew didn't extend the flaps on take-off although the airplane was fully loaded!!!

Is it a normal procedure for an A300-600 or have u seen this before on another type of aircraft????

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User currently offlineStarFlyer From Germany, joined Sep 2002, 987 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2935 times:

Yep it's normal procedure for the A300 to take off with only slats extended.

Yours truly - StarFlyer
User currently offlineCessna172RG From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 750 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2804 times:

Well, I do it in Cessnas all the time...

But yeah, I have seen many JAS A300s (now JAL) perform that very same maneuver, but I think that it is type related. I have flown in several A319s and a few A320s, and the flaps and slats both go down.

Save the whales...for dinner!!!
User currently offlineMD80Nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1060 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2677 times:

I've flown on A300s many times and several of them took off without flaps extended, just the leading edge slats. The wings are so efficient that when conditions are right, like a lighter load or cool weather, they can take off in that configuration.

I experienced this on both A300B4 and -600R variants.

cheers, Ralph

Fly Douglas Jets DC-8 / DC-9 / DC-10 / MD80 / MD11 / MD90 / 717
User currently offlineBuslover From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 2 days ago) and read 2635 times:

OK here is the explanation:
There are three S/F positions (Slat/Flap) for T/O:
1) Slats 15 = Slats (only) extended
2) Flaps 15 = Slats fully extended and flaps to 15°
3) Flaps 20 = Slats fully extended and flaps to 20°

The crews usually select the optimum T/O position which is (I admit a little simplified for all the laymen around:
The higher the temperature is and
the higher the airport elevation is and
the longer the runway is
the lesser S/F position is selected

Have a good one

The best airplane is the one you fly
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