Anair From Spain, joined Dec 2000, 61 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6578 times:
I saw the same in an Iberia A-320 that was about to take off from Dublin to Madrid. Some weeks later I asked an Airbus Iberia's captain and he told me that if there's a problem with a winglet you can remove it and fly without it.
I suppose that this annormal configuration will cause some yaw inflight....
GodBless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2753 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5157 times:
I saw a BA A319 at CGN in early February that also had a wingfence missing. No idea what reg. that plane had, if it was the same then it has had it missing for at least four weeks now. So doesn't seem to be too much of a problem...
QantasA332 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1500 posts, RR: 23
Reply 12, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4910 times:
Not having one winglet or wingtip fence certainly does produce a yawing moment "around" the tip with no winglet, however this obviously isn't a huge problem and can be left alone for a while. It's funny though, BA always seems to have this going on...
SafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 14
Reply 13, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4820 times:
If memory serves me correctly, there was a 737NG that had "winglets" but one of them (I believe the left one) some how fell off and they received permission from Boeing to fly the plane (it was in the UK or Ireland, I believe) without passengers, but I am not sure if this is the case with Airbus (no pax).