Topic Author
Posts: 398
Joined: Sun May 04, 2008 10:09 pm

MD-80 Flap Setting

Sun Feb 12, 2012 5:14 pm

I was recently on two flights on MD-80 aircraft seated behind the wing and I noticed different flap settings were used for the two landings. I have been told previously that MD-80s use either a Flap setting of 28 or 40 for landings. However, the conditions for the landings were similar--clear day, winds were light and variable, dry runway, and runway length was similar (one landing was at ATL; the other was at DFW). The only thing I don't know, of course, was the aircraft weight.

Can someone tell me what criteria would a pilot use, or under what conditions would a pilot choose, to use one flap setting or the other--i.e., what conditions dictate to an MD-80 pilot which flap setting to use for landing?

Posts: 2249
Joined: Sun Apr 15, 2007 5:07 am

RE: MD-80 Flap Setting

Sun Feb 12, 2012 11:51 pm

Aircraft weight, runway length, desired runway clearing point, traffic speeds in front or behind aircraft, inoperative systems, MEL/CDL issues, wind, company policy, and pilot preference just to name a few off the top of my head. The MD-80 is also not the only type where the pilot can determine landing flap settings, and the decision calculus is much the same in other types.

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 37 guests