Nicolaki From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1274 times:
Good evening guys,
This morning I was spotting at YUL, when this 737-200 lanuched himself. As he got airborne I noticed something I've never seen before on any aircraft. It's a flat metalic plate located aft of the front gear. I tried to look for an answer but the only thing I could find was that it is called a "Rough field deflector". Could somebody please enlight me on it's usage, the way it works, how is it stored when the gear is up?
Avt007 From Canada, joined Jul 2000, 2132 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1145 times:
It is part of a gravel kit, for operating off dirt strips. It protects the belly from rock damage. Note also below each engine intake is a mast, or probe. These blow bleed air ( compressed engine air) to deflect any debris from being ingested into the engine. First Air flies up north a lot. You'll also see this on some Canadian 737s, the old Canadian North machines. They also have a cargo door.
AC183 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 1532 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1129 times:
It's for deflecting debris on gravel runways in the arctic, it keeps rocks out of the engine and off the fuselage. You see them on First Air aircraft as they're an arctic operator. They're also on, as noted, Canadi>n North's 737's and on several of Candi>n's 737's that used to fly the northern combi runs, or came from the mergers with Nordair, Transair, and from the aircraft used on Pacific Western's northern operations.