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MartinB
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Leaving the gear extended

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Hi there,

I noticed the other day while plane spotting at YYC that the crew of ACA850 (77W) didn't put the gear up for as long as me and my camera could see. I've seen this happen several times now and I was just wondering if some of you could chime in to why the crew did that. Was there some sort of landing gear temp overheat and they had to cool the gear before retracting them?

Cheers!
Martin
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Re: Leaving the gear extended

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There are a couple different MEL (minimum equipment list) procedure that direct us to leave the gear down for a minute after take-off. One that comes to mind is if one of the brakes is unserviceable. It's a bit of overkill in my opinion but as long as there is no engine failure (in which case we select it up with positive rate) it's no big deal.

Also in the winter we sometimes leave the gear down a little longer after taking off on a contaminated runway to make sure the wheels/brakes are as clear of slush as possible.
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Re: Leaving the gear extended

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Ok that makes sense! Thanks!
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