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JetStar A321 Missing Flap Guide Cover...normal?  
User currently offlineCessna172RG From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 750 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 10 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2524 times:

Friend of mine just sent me some pictures of a JetStar A321 flight he recently took. Apparently on the left wing, the center flap guide was missing it's cover but the internal mechanism seemed to look intact. Is it normal for an A320 family jet to fly without a flap guide cover due to maintenance issues? Are they on the MEL? He was a bit worried.

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User currently offlineKappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2515 times:

Quoting Cessna172RG (Thread starter):
Is it normal for an A320 family jet to fly without a flap guide cover due to maintenance issues?

It is not normal, but the aircraft is safe to fly without it. There are several pictures in the database of this. The plane does incur a slight drag penalty too.

Quoting Cessna172RG (Thread starter):
He was a bit worried.

No reason to be worried, as I said, the aircraft is still perfectly safe to fly.

User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4053 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (6 years 10 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2355 times:

Yeah, it's on the MEL.

That cover is only for aerodynamic purposes, to minimise drag over the mechanism inside. It is prefectly safe to fly without, but will incur slight drag penalties and the crew will compensate for this - all will be explained for them in the MEL.


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