KELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6833 posts, RR: 3 Posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3516 times:
I know this topic has been discussed before, but it's been in the context of bigger Boeings (like the 744's).
I saw an AS 73G on final to Runway 28R this morning at PDX that appeared to have a winglet on the left side, but not the right.
I'm guessing that the one on the right wing was a victim of ramp rash
What is done with the lighting in the wingtip when this happens? I know that the strobe and nav lights live in the winglet on the 73G...does the ground station grab a handy dandy non-wingleted wingtip and put that on?
EDIT: removed 777, which, AFAIK, doesn't have winglets....
[Edited 2008-05-28 11:42:05]
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OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3261 times:
Quoting KELPkid (Thread starter): What is done with the lighting in the wingtip when this happens? I know that the strobe and nav lights live in the winglet on the 73G...does the ground station grab a handy dandy non-wingleted wingtip and put that on?
The position lights and strobes are incorporated into the horizontal part of the winglet, and most winglet damage occurs on the vertical part, so operation of these lights isn't affected.
As far as the station grabbing a handy dandy non-wingleted wingtip, they don't stock them (I have a couple myself), and even if they did, installation is much more involved than just swapping them out. It's much more expedient to ferry the aircraft to some place where MX can replace the winglet.