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flaperon

[′flap·ə‚rän]
(aerospace engineering)
A control surface used both as a flap and as an aileron.
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flaperon

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Controls used on swept-wing aircraft that serve as both wing flaps and ailerons. They are lowered together to serve as flaps and move differentially to act as ailerons.
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The flaperon was the first piece of wreckage to be recovered from (http://www.ibtimes.com/flight-mh370-update-plane-data-not-enough-confirm-death-dive-theory-expert-pilot-says-2407385) the missing jet.  Following this, several debris pieces have emerged that authorities believe most "likely" belong to the missing jet.
Malaysia's Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said tests in France had made this link with a recentlydiscovered flaperon from an airplane wing.
He tweeted: "The flaperon is offi-cially identified as being part of a Boeing 777.
Aviation experts who have seen widely circulated pictures of the debris said it may be a moving wing surface known as a flaperon, situated close to the fuselage.
"It is almost certain that the flaperon is from a Boeing 777 aircraft.
Initially, Van's didn't expect the lightweight, flaperon and full stabilator-configured RV-12 to fly exactly like its heavier and faster aircraft.
Those full-span flaperons catch a lot of air, but they don't have much deflection so roll isn't as quick as you might expect and the long wings seem to have noticeable inertia.
Unique to the design are full-span flaperons whose mechanical guts are outside the wing structure itself, making for a relatively simple build.
As if there weren't a long enough list of signature features, the design is unique for its use of full-span flaperons in place of conventional ailerons.
Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said a maintenance seal on the flaperon matches the airline's records, though he didn't elaborate.