UAL Bagsmasher From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2148 posts, RR: 10 Posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2439 times:
Took my first ride on a Dash 8 yesterday. Is it normal for the doors on the side of the MLG strut to have a great deal of "play" in them when the gear is extended? They were flapping around pretty badly as if the attachment fittings were worn. Is this normal for these aircraft?
EMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2356 times:
A little... but not a lot. During the C-Checks we have done on Dash-8's almost all of the aircraft have required replacement of the MLG gear door linkage due to wear. It's a big door and takes quite a beating out there.
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Linemechqx From United States of America, joined May 2004, 77 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2254 times:
Originally those fwd doors on the left side of the gear, were hydraulic, like the aft doors are. But this design created a lot of problems and (not sure when) they were redesigned as the mechanical "follow me" doors they are now. Which should give plenty of reason for the play and awkwardness that they have now.
320tech From Turks and Caicos Islands, joined May 2004, 491 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2188 times:
The Dash-8-100's that I used to work on still have hydraulically actuated landing gear doors. I'm not aware of any mod to change them. They did move a lot in the breeze, and we often changed the attaching hardware.
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