I read with interest the static wick
article in the July 2016 issue of Aviation Consumer.
Leave a 7-in long opening 5 inches from the corner on the trailing edge to allow an opening for the static wick
That sealant is required each time a technician removes and replaces an antenna or static wick
It is dissipated out safely through points that have static wicks
[antenna-like devices on wingtips] and so on, things that help the electricity flow around the aircraft and back out to the atmosphere.
Tenders are invited for Supply a full range new, serviceable, repaired and overhauled aircraft parts including, but not limited to: tires, tubes, batteries, lamps, strobe power supplies, brake linings, brake discs, brake master cylinders, fluids & lubricants, starters, alternators, alternator belts, voltage regulators, filters, spark plugs, static wicks
, starter gear rings, and mufflers.
It may cause precipitation static if your static wicks
are worn out.
It did not adhere to the airframe, and it did not adversely affect visibility, but it started creating a little static in the radios, so I knew the static wicks
on the airplane were well past their prime.
It was during this period that the static wicks
seen on aircraft today were developed.
For this article, we talked with avionics manufacturers, aircraft manufacturers and technicians about the effects of airframe static buildup on new avionics gear, and why healthy static wicks
The airplane wasn't equipped with static wicks
, so when a charge built up, it had no place to go until it naturally discharged with a pop.
It builds up on the fuselage while IMC and is discharged from static wicks
often found on the ailerons and elevator.
Postflight inspection revealed that electrostatic discharge from the canopy had fried the radios because of a shortage of static wicks
on the aircraft.