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DL14 18 Jun 2011 Wipers  
User currently offlinetrigged From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 549 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2055 times:

My wife is on DL 0014 to FRA sitting at the gate again. They were delayed because of the nasty weather from ATL north and pushed back late. While taxiing, apparently one of the wipers failed and they just returned to the gate. Any word on how long it takes to fix something like that or if an equipment swap will be necessary?

It is N841MH, a 764ER.

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User currently offlinetrigged From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 549 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2019 times:

They are still on the ground (~3.5 hours late.) Any word from you Delta guys at ATL?

User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4292 posts, RR: 36
Reply 2, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1960 times:

I looked it up in the MEL. If there is precipitation anticipated, windshield wipers cannot be deferred.

So, the answer is "however long it takes to fix it." Sometimes a seemingly simple fix can turn into something more a pain in the butt to fix.

edit: just an addendum: the specific phrasing is that rain cannot be in the FORECAST within 5 nm of the airport. That's pretty dang restrictive. There's always a reason behind the madness.

[Edited 2011-06-18 22:00:47]

Chicks dig winglets.
User currently offlinetrigged From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 549 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1946 times:

They took off about an hour ago. I wonder if they fixed the wiper or if the weather just cleared. Thanks for the clarification on the procedural stuff!

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