badpilot
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Feels like something is missing

Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:34 pm

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. I wanted to compare to the other side but there is exactly one seat on each side with a view of this part, and the passenger was fast asleep. 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.


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GalaxyFlyer
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Re: Feels like something is missing

Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:44 pm

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.

GF
 
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Re: Feels like something is missing

Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:41 pm

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.

GF


Solid answer by GalaxyFlyer.

The Configuration Deviation List (CDL) is an occasionally used document that allows for the operation of the aircraft with certain items - usually fairings - missing. Generally, there's a performance and/or fuel burn hit, though they are generally minor.

I recall one flight where a panel on a 737-300 engine strut was missing and it had already been placed on the CDL. So I briefed the flight attendants on it as it was certain that some passengers would notice (the missing panel was quite obvious).
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