WEAR­ING ITS NEW AEROCOAT

Pilot - - FLIGHT TEST -

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.

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