was the first piece of wreckage to be recovered from (http://www.
Malaysia's Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said tests in France had made this link with a recentlydiscovered flaperon
from an airplane wing.
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.
is an aerodynamic surface that increases the wing's lift during takeoff and landing - like a traditional flap - and also is used as an aileron for roll control.
Control is effected by means of flaperons
mounted on the wing trailing edges.
Boeing has contracted India's Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) to manufacture the flaperons
that will be used on its 777 series of aircraft ordered by the country's airlines.
and a full stabilator, the little RV-12 handles like heavier RVs.
The WTE activity, which encompasses wing flaps, flaperons
, ailerons and airbrakes, is taking place at GKN Aerospace s Filton, UK operation whilst the LPT case is manufactured at the company s facility in Kongsberg, Norway.
Preflight is a combination of glider and two-place trainer--the only unorthodox parts include inspection of the flaperons
to assure the various segments deploy appropriately at all flap settings and left/right stick positions and to install the nearly three-root-long pitot tube.
Instead of ailerons, the FK12 has four flaperons
, all connected to the center sticks through control rods.
Rather, than conventional ailerons, the Virus has full-span flaperons
with two positive settings (9 and 18 degrees) plus one negative setting at 5 degrees.
Unique to the design are full-span flaperons
whose mechanical guts are outside the wing structure itself, making for a relatively simple build.