TacSupport1
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Plane Wash

Tue Oct 03, 2006 7:39 am

This may seem like a really stupid question to many of you, but I've often wondered?

How do planes get washed (if they even do)? If so, how often? And do planes periodically get waxed or somehow polished?

I've never recalled seeing a "plane wash" or anything. Just something I'm curious about, as I've been flying a lot recently.
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RE: Plane Wash

Tue Oct 03, 2006 7:41 am

I don't know what kind of planes your talking about, but I know Cessnas are washed basicaly just like a car. As for jets, I'm not quite sure....
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RE: Plane Wash

Tue Oct 03, 2006 7:42 am

There are companies that are FAA approved to do power-washes on aircraft. Never seen it done though, but I'm from a small non-hub station too
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RE: Plane Wash

Tue Oct 03, 2006 7:47 am

The RAAF has a plane wash, they just taxi through it. Consists of high power jets of water from below the A/C. I think it is primarily used to remove the sea salt from the AP-3C Orions. I'll see if I can find a picture.
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RE: Plane Wash

Tue Oct 03, 2006 7:51 am

I'm curious who washes the commercial airliners, like jetBlue's A320's or Virgin Atlantics 747's, etc. Sorry for not specifying.
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RE: Plane Wash

Tue Oct 03, 2006 8:04 am

Not sure who washes them, but here is how:


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RE: Plane Wash

Tue Oct 03, 2006 8:09 am

I found a couple of pics here on A.net with aircrafts being washed. Hope they help out.


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RE: Plane Wash

Tue Oct 03, 2006 8:17 am

In San Diego AA actually has a wash area near the fuel loading islands. AA planes are washed at night with a solution then powerwashed. It is a very interesting process. They swear that clean planes burn less fuel. I am not sure about other airports or airlines.

At the local small plane airports light aircraft are washed by a mobil truck. Kinda like a auto detailer
 
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RE: Plane Wash

Tue Oct 03, 2006 8:18 am

I would be inclined to think that some airlines (AF) wash their planes less frequently than others, so it depends on carrier, and also it might depend on location, as regards sea salt. So American Eagle would probably wash less than Aloha, if you see where I'm coming from..........
 
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RE: Plane Wash

Tue Oct 03, 2006 8:41 am

Quoting Qantas767 (Reply 3):
The RAAF has a plane wash, they just taxi through it. Consists of high power jets of water from below the A/C. I think it is primarily used to remove the sea salt from the AP-3C Orions. I'll see if I can find a picture.

Thats the one I was talking about, Cheers LouA340



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RE: Plane Wash

Tue Oct 03, 2006 8:45 am

Quoting Qantas767 (Reply 3):
The RAAF has a plane wash, they just taxi through it. Consists of high power jets of water from below the A/C. I think it is primarily used to remove the sea salt from the AP-3C Orions. I'll see if I can find a picture.

When I was stationed at MacDill AFB in the late 90's we use to run the KC135's through a 'bird bath' The water would shoot up from the ground just like Qantas mentioned. It was pretty cool to watch.
 
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RE: Plane Wash

Tue Oct 03, 2006 9:04 am

It seems that AF doesn't like to wash their airplanes!!! They are lazy!

Even some of their new Boeing 777-300ER's are already looking kind of dirty and they aren't that old yet.


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RE: Plane Wash

Tue Oct 03, 2006 9:28 am

You're very welcome Qantas767
As for Air France, everyone knows their reputation about washing their birds. I guess they dont put it into the schedules. Most airlines do their washing during downtime or long layovers.
AC and BA somtimes somtimes wash their aircrafts while on the ground in HKG and I'm presuming others do the same too.
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RE: Plane Wash

Tue Oct 03, 2006 9:41 am

I don't understand why AF doesn't wash their planes... surely all that dirt and muck must weigh quite a bit when you consider it across the fleet? Wouldn't it be cheaper (and better looking) to wash them regularly rather than hauling all that dirt around?
 
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RE: Plane Wash

Tue Oct 03, 2006 9:48 am

http://www.narita-airport.jp/en/fun/airport/gallery/photo/vol_07/wall/w832_15.jpg

In NRT they use an automated system. I'm almost positive about that, I read it somewhere.

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RE: Plane Wash

Tue Oct 03, 2006 11:17 am

I have seen it doen many times with simple power washers with a guy up spraying down on it like he is de-icing the plane. They do the simple cleans a lot on planes.

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RE: Plane Wash

Tue Oct 03, 2006 11:41 am

Quoting American777 (Reply 11):
It seems that AF doesn't like to wash their airplanes!!! They are lazy!

Even some of their new Boeing 777-300ER's are already looking kind of dirty and they aren't that old yet.

Dirty as she may be, my goodness that is a beautiful aircraft! Just looks graceful, powerful, long, and lean. I love the 773ER!
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RE: Plane Wash

Tue Oct 03, 2006 11:50 am

why does AF seem not to do so? I have noticed dirty AF aircrafts aswell , i guess they arent bothered about people accociating their names with dirty airframes ( no pun intended) !!
 
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RE: Plane Wash

Tue Oct 03, 2006 12:18 pm

I worked for a company called JetWash at SAN over the past 2 summers. We did Alaska Airlines, Aloha Airlines and Northwest Airlines RONs.

We had a van with a trailer that held a large (500gal) tank of water and cleaning solution that we would pump into out buckets. We then set up pressure washers that had 2 nozzles, one to spray deionized water(prevents spotting/streaking) and one that mixed the soap with the water and essentially created a foam that we sprayed directly onto the aircraft fuselage. We then took what is basically a big sponge at the end of an extendable pole, and scrubbed the airplane down. We let them air dry, and had various sponges/rags depending on the type of wash and how dirty the a/c was. The aircraft we did were 734/737/738/738, 752, A320 and MD80s. As far as larger a/c, we had a NW rep come and watch us to ensure we were maintaining their standards, and he had a binder detailing thew wash of every a/c in their fleet. The heavies were done in more or less the same fashion, albeit with more people and more equipment.

Aloha was meticulous,w anting their 737s washed once every 30 days, top to bottom, tip to tip, nose to tail. We cleaned them so they were more or less spotless. Alaska, and NW were a little less stringent, but nevertheless, we put in a lot of work on their airplanes too.
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RE: Plane Wash

Tue Oct 03, 2006 12:57 pm

If the aircraft looks clean - the company looks more professional.

For Example:


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RE: Plane Wash

Tue Oct 03, 2006 1:07 pm

Quoting Qantas767 (Reply 19):
For Example:

Oddly enough the airlines you chose as examples are owned by the same company. Big grin
 
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RE: Plane Wash

Tue Oct 03, 2006 1:22 pm

Well you learn something new everyday.  Big grin
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RE: Plane Wash

Wed Oct 04, 2006 1:11 am

Out here,during line Mx once a week Average & def when in Major Mx.
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