badpilot wrote:I was on a B717-200 yesterday, looking out the window, and I saw something a little odd. Looked like the inboard flap hinge fairing was missing... ...After we landed, I took a look (and searched up photos of the plane) and indeed the other side has a fairing. I told the flight attendant as I left and she said they will look into it.
Anyway, now I'm wondering if this is normal, or if I misunderstood what I saw.
GalaxyFlyer wrote:Could be on the Configuration Deviation List as an acceptable missing fairing. Those are, like MEL items, planned and any decrement to performance accounted for.
AA737-823 wrote:As a mechanic, I have mixed responses.
It can be SOOO ANNOYING when a passenger "notifies" crews about this thing that they feel is terribly dangerous, and how dare we endanger their lives, yadda yadda.
On the other hand, I certainly don't blame anyone for being concerned for their own safety, and the "see something, say something" approach is a reasonable plan.
Just don't be the guy that tells us that we have a panel falling off of the wing.... when it turns out to be a spoiler. Spoiling. Because that's what spoilers do.
He even drew us a picture on a napkin and let us know he'd be calling the FAA's emergency hotline.
Because... that's a thing???
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