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737-800 - No Static Sticks?  
User currently offlinerichiemo From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 271 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5695 times:

Just flew a Continental 738 this week, and sat aft of the wings. I noticed there were none of those static sticks or whatever you call them, the little metal strips that stick off the back of most aircrafts' winglets, flaps etc. Is there now a better way to defuse static in the new generation aircract?

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User currently offlineDTW757 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1624 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5270 times:

All aicraft have to have them. There is one visible here in this photo.


User currently offlineFly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5230 times:

The number of wicks on 737s varies somewhat. NG's have 2 just inside of the winglet/wingtip. Classics normally have at the very least 2 but I've seen configurations with up to 3 on a wing. It most likely varies depending on the avionics equipment installed and also the number of wicks elsewhere on the plane.

Your plane might not have had them due to an MEL, its ok for planes to have a couple of them broken or missing as they do tend to "burn" and wear off pretty frequently.

[Edited 2010-04-08 15:37:51]

User currently offline474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5179 times:

Static wicks are a CDL item and the operator can set the number that can be missing based on their experience. Some operator require all be present and some require none be present.

User currently offlineaar90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3589 posts, RR: 44
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5093 times:

The 738 has 14 "Static Dischargers" installed. A minimum of 12 is required for flight. A minimum of ONE on each wing is permitted; however, if only one is installed, it MUST be located at the outermost trailing edge position.

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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31875 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4476 times:

Called Static Dischargers.
Not possible....The CDL will permit one missing per surface approx.Maybe you were noticing the different area.

Think of the brighter side!
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