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Taking Off Without Flaps

Sun Dec 31, 2000 6:51 am

i was on a southwest 737-700 with about 30pax. light weight

i the aircraft lifted off quickly but i didnt see any flaps down
is it possible that flaps werent down or i just didnt notice it

RE: Taking Off Without Flaps

Sun Dec 31, 2000 7:48 am

I am pretty sure they had there flaps down just you did not notice it!

RE: Taking Off Without Flaps

Sun Dec 31, 2000 8:40 am

Not real sure about the 737 but if it's like the 767, the first notch on the flap/slat handle only lowers the slats to a takeoff setting. This is an acceptable takeoff configuration.

If you were sitting behind the wings you wouldn't have seen this and it probably looked like nothing was hanging out but there was on the leading edge.

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RE: Taking Off Without Flaps

Sun Dec 31, 2000 1:33 pm

No. the flaps must definitely have been lowered atleast one notch for takeoff.

Flaps help improve the aircrafts handling charecteristics on takeoff I remember talking to an A320 pilot, and she said that more than the takeoff itself, flaps help during the phase when the aircraft is between 160 and 190 knots.

ie. an acft CAN takeoff even without flaps, but there could be trouble AFTER takeoff in the phase mentioned above.

Perhaps a pilot could help clarify things.

RE: Taking Off Without Flaps

Sun Dec 31, 2000 4:34 pm

The B737-200 has 2 takeoff flap settings, 01 and 05, with 01 set, you may not notice the trailing edge flaps, but you can be assured that the leading edge slats were out.
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RE: Taking Off Without Flaps

Mon Jan 01, 2001 12:33 am

If the flaps were not used the 737 would of used a very long runway!

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