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User currently offlineFemme From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1657 times:

Can anyone tell me what those little rods/pointers situated on the edge of the wings are ? ( Theres at least 8 or more per wing )

I often get a window seat when flying and wonder exactly what they are and what they measure? ( I presume ? )

I apologise if this is a repeated query/post and very basic......I am still learning !!

Regards
Claire

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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21876 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1641 times:

If you mean the things on the back of the wing like in this photo (attached to the aileron and on the canoes):


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They're not sensors, they're static wicks, which dissipate static electricity built up as the plane flies through the air.

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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31712 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1617 times:

Static Dischargers.

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MEL



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User currently onlineThirtyEcho From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 1662 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1460 times:

Anti-static wicks were first used on airplanes 90 years ago and, on Zeppelins, over 100 years ago.

I'm surprised that anybody doesn't know what they are but I'm glad that you asked.


User currently offlineCdekoe From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 57 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1396 times:

Claire,

Static dischargers were developed by the US Navy when electronic communication and navigation equipment was first introduced on aircraft. Air friction on the fuselage causes electro-static buildup. Without the static dischargers this will reach a high voltage before dissipating into the surrounding air, causing 'sparks' that sound like crackling noises on the radios and disrupt navigation signals.
The static dischargers provide a conductor for this static electricity to flow off before a high voltage is built up.
No more sparks... clear communications!  Wink



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