WEARING ITS NEW AEROCOAT
The reason that G-TBIO was gleaming when the Pilot team arrived is because it has been treated with a nano coating developed and marketed by Cavendish Aviation, called Aerocoat. Aircraft that live outdoors lead a pretty arduous existence, and continuous exposure to UV, wind and rain degrades and oxidises paint. A comprehensive explanation is well outside the remit of this flight test but, as part of G-TBIO’S refurbishment, all the contaminants and oxidised paint were chemically removed, and then a nano coating applied to the carefully prepared surface, bonding at a molecular level. As the nano coating contains a crystal element the end result is a very glossy finish and an aircraft that often looks better than new. However, we all know that while beauty is only skin deep, ugly goes straight to the bone (or main spar in this case). According to Steve, Aerocoat not only greatly improves an aircraft’s appearance, it also increases protection against corrosion, as the nano coating is extremely hydrophobic. He described it as ‘liquid glass’. Finally, such a smooth surface means that bugs are much less likely to stick, and friction drag is reduced.