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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : pwm|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 500|
agl bound upper : 500
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : pwm|
|Operator||general aviation : corporate|
|Make Model Name||Commercial Fixed Wing|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||climbout : takeoff|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 250|
flight time total : 3800
flight time type : 200
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
pilot : instrument
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : less severe|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||aircraft equipment other aircraft equipment : unspecified|
other flight crewa
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
|Consequence||faa : investigated|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
PF called for flaps up. No flap movement advised departure control we needed to return. We calculated we would not dump fuel and land overweight since we had been vectored over the ocean with flaps still down. We didn't want to get stuck with an engine out over the ocean. The overweight landing maintenance check is very simple. Landed normally, no services required. Later, in the hangar, the mechanic got a call from the FAA saying they needed the reason why the airplane had to return. At that point mechanic didn't know why flaps had failed. The FAA inspector stated he needed this information for an incident report. As far as we were concerned, we did not have an incident, no emergency, just flaps that didn't work. It turns out the flap motor had failed. Repaired and went on our way.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: RETURN LAND DUE TO ACFT EQUIP PROB FLAP MOTOR FAILURE.
Narrative: PF CALLED FOR FLAPS UP. NO FLAP MOVEMENT ADVISED DEP CTL WE NEEDED TO RETURN. WE CALCULATED WE WOULD NOT DUMP FUEL AND LAND OVERWT SINCE WE HAD BEEN VECTORED OVER THE OCEAN WITH FLAPS STILL DOWN. WE DIDN'T WANT TO GET STUCK WITH AN ENG OUT OVER THE OCEAN. THE OVERWT LNDG MAINT CHK IS VERY SIMPLE. LANDED NORMALLY, NO SVCS REQUIRED. LATER, IN THE HANGAR, THE MECH GOT A CALL FROM THE FAA SAYING THEY NEEDED THE REASON WHY THE AIRPLANE HAD TO RETURN. AT THAT POINT MECH DIDN'T KNOW WHY FLAPS HAD FAILED. THE FAA INSPECTOR STATED HE NEEDED THIS INFO FOR AN INCIDENT RPT. AS FAR AS WE WERE CONCERNED, WE DID NOT HAVE AN INCIDENT, NO EMER, JUST FLAPS THAT DIDN'T WORK. IT TURNS OUT THE FLAP MOTOR HAD FAILED. REPAIRED AND WENT ON OUR WAY.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.