Re: 737: Take-off without flaps?

Date:         04 Jan 97 03:55:51 
From:         d** (Ray Clawson)
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As a result of the NW Detroit accident, most airlines have changed
their taxi checklist to include a the phrase "Flaps 15(or whatever),
Taxi checklist".  This was in response to a recommedation by the NTSB
to provide a "key" to lower the flaps for takeoff.  The NW crew was
distracted by a runway change and never ran the taxi check.  By the
time they were done with recomputing takeoff performance for the new
runway, they had pasted the point where the taxi checklist is called
for.  As a result, the flaps were never set.  I think this change is a
good idea.  Trying to takeoff with flaps set has happened to all of us
and I believe the change to checklist procedure works.

Ray Clawson

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