Doug got a question about the MD90

Tim

New Member
Last night there was an MD90 in ATL and we were looking at the engine mount and noticed what looks like a aileron or flap or trim tab on the very end. So I decided I would ask the expert what that is and what it is for
 

Derg

Cap, Roci
Staff member
That's a... shoot, dangit, what's that thing called.

Oh! Pylon flaps!

If the airplane is in a deep stall and you push the control column full forward to reduce the angle attack, those pylon flaps will deflect downwards to give you a bit more pitch authority to bring the nose below the critical angle of attack.

Swept-wing jets act crazy when you stall them and sometimes at high angle of attacks, the airflow from the wings can 'blank out' the stabilizer and prevent you from getting enough energy over the stabilizer surface to reduce the pitch of the aircraft.
 

Tim

New Member
Thanks I knew you would know. Are you going to be coming back through ATL later tonight.. I get there around 9.
 

Derg

Cap, Roci
Staff member
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So what are those retractable underwing wingtip lights for on the MD-88/90?

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Landing lights.
 

gay_pilot18

New Member
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So what are those retractable underwing wingtip lights for on the MD-88/90?

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Landing lights.

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Figured that but you don't see too many other airliners with landing lights on the wingtips. Other then MD-88/90's.

Though 737's have them on the flap fairings on the classic and the underbody on the NG's.


Corrie
 

Joe

Well-Known Member
It deflects any small rocks or debris from being kicked up by the gear into the engines.
 
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