deicer boots

deicer boots

deicer boots
Rubberized deicer boot.
Inflatable rubber boots attached to the leading edges of the wings and empennage, in which compressed air is pumped in to inflate them in a timed sequence. During the process of successive inflation and deflation, the deicer boots break up any ice that may have formed. At the same time, the ice is allowed to be swept away. Boots are generally provided on the leading edges of the main plane, the tailplane, and the fin.
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The deicer boots are faired smoothly into the wing and horizontal stabilizer and all skins are of the smoothness we've come to expect of the faster turboprops and jets.
The upside is that it was done in a fashion that fuel burn doesn't affect the aircraft's center of gravity; the downside is that there's fuel all the way to the leading edge, so it's only protected by a deicer boot and the leading edge aluminum in the event of a crash.