|Quoting ajhYXE (Reply 5):|
I wonder if AA will use something like this as an excuse to start painting their planes.
I do not think that would be necessary.
The TripleO web site - see first link in Reply 4 - talks of their nanotech coating being applied over the aircraft's paint after cleaning and then 'polarising' the aircraft with oxalic acid before applying their coating.
I can see no reason why bare metal should not be cleaned, polarised and coated in the same way. And it seems to me that most of the saving - estimated by TripleO at between 1 and 2 per cent of total fuel burn - of this procedure might be lost by the increased weight of the paint if AA
were to first paint their aircraft.
assessment of this coating started last February is, according to the TripleO web site, a 12 month assessment involving eight aircraft. So we might hear something more in the coming months.