Re: Ethiopian crash, Gimli, RAT and FLAPS

Date:         05 Jan 97 03:22:36 
From:         kls@ohare.Chicago.COM (Karl Swartz)
Organization: Chicago Software Works, Menlo Park, California
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>I've ... NOT yet acquired any certainty about RAT alone being or not
>able to deploy flaps or/and slats, them being essential to a safe landing!
...
>The 767 of Air Canada had a huge amount of time running on
>the RAT to be able to deploy them, even slowly.

Flaps add a *lot* of drag.  If you are gliding and aren't sure you'll
be able to make it to an airport, deploying the flaps long before you
actually get to the airport is the last thing you'd want to do.

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