Duct Tape (Speed Tape) on 737 Engine Cover - DCA>MIA

 

Old Nov 25, 09, 2:58 pm
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Duct Tape on 737 Engine Cover - DCA>MIA

Yesterday I flew DCA>MIA on a 737 and noticed duct tape on the engine cover.

Does anyone know if this is common or let alone safe?

I've uploaded some pictures here.

Seems the maintenance guys are running out of parts to have to use duct tape.

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Old Nov 25, 09, 3:19 pm
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Originally Posted by flyfarfar View Post
Yesterday I flew DCA>MIA on a 737 and noticed duct tape on the engine cover.

Does anyone know if this is common or let alone safe?

I've uploaded some pictures here.

Seems the maintenance guys are running out of parts to have to use duct tape.
No problem. If it moves and it shouldn't---->duct tape.
If it should move and it doesn't----->WD 40.
Problem solved.
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Old Nov 25, 09, 3:19 pm
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Aren't the 737's quite new? I've seen duct tape on seat before, but this is a little scary.
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It's not duct tape. They call it airline tape. Perfectly fine to hold things together.
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Old Nov 25, 09, 3:24 pm
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Originally Posted by coh1rnl View Post
It's not duct tape. They call it airline tape. Perfectly fine to hold things together.
Hmmm. I just hope I don't see bailing wire, I mean airline wire, holding the door shut on my next flight.
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Old Nov 25, 09, 3:31 pm
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Duct tape is ideal for everything except ducts. This isn't a duct, so it should work fine.

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Old Nov 25, 09, 3:32 pm
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Originally Posted by coh1rnl View Post
It's not duct tape. They call it airline tape. Perfectly fine to hold things together.
In that case, I feel much better now
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I spotted a small hydraulic leak on an air-brake once, and made a point of telling the Caption. The FA was trying to push me out to the Jetway and I told her I have to tell the Caption something...

Anybody else spot something and felt compelled to tell the FA or Pilots?

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Originally Posted by burtonmadness View Post
I spotted a small hydraulic leak on an air-brake once, and made a point of telling the Caption. The FA was trying to push me out to the Jetway and I told her I have to tell the Caption something...

Anybody else spot something and felt compelled to tell the FA or Pilots?

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Its speed tape, and no big deal.
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This is specal tape, which can be used for i think 100 flight hours if there are small cracks, afterwards they need to fix it.
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Old Nov 25, 09, 4:00 pm
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Originally Posted by gemac View Post
No problem. If it moves and it shouldn't---->duct tape.
If it should move and it doesn't----->WD 40.
Problem solved.
WOW even though my answer is not really fitting in here but I LAUGHED MY ... OFF. I am sorry for the language but that's the only thing that describes my laughter best.
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Old Nov 25, 09, 4:10 pm
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Every blue moon I find something odd mechanically and notify the flight crew.

OP, I think your post on your blog is a little harsh w/r/t customer service. Most likely the folks were flight attendants and were most likely off duty and/or been unable to help the pax with their issue. FAs aren't paid while they're on the ground and if they don't have flight duties, so IMHO it's fair for them to not assist... very common on every single airline I've ever flown on.
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Hmm perhaps as it was on the wing it was duck tape?
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