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Rain Erosion Causes Aircraft Lightning Diverter Failure. Is it Preventable?

Rain erosion is a common cause of aircraft lightning diverter failure, risking damage to the planes they’re supposed to protect. But, is this preventable? What can airplane owners do to protect themselves? Why Most Aircraft Lightning Diverters Fail: Rain Erosion Lightning diverters have a big job to do: they are expected to protect sensitive radar equipment on the front of an aircraft traveling hundreds of miles per hour in all weather conditions. They have to be light, thin, and aerodynamic. And, they have to divert up to one billion volts and up to 250,000 amps. YIKES. Yet, Aircraft Lightning Diverter Failure is NOT Usually Due to Lightning Itself. The numerous lightning diverter strips on the radome of a plane will be abused by rain, snow and sleet at hundreds of miles per hour. It’s an extreme environment, one that demands superior craftsmanship and materials to even stand a chance. Preventing failure of aircraft lightning protection is simple: buy the highest-quality protection available, from a company that is passionate about protecting your aircraft: WXGuard. Rain Simulations Show That Low-Quality Diverters Erode–and Fail– Quickly. Our WXGuard Diverters have drastically superior resistance to rain erosion. WXGuard lightning diverters didn’t just outperform standard diverters in rain erosion simulations, they crushed them. We have the data to prove it, from research commissioned at the University of Limerick. The photo above shows clearly that the manufacturing process and the quality of materials is critical in protecting aircraft from lightning strikes. What every fleet operator needs is simple: his or her planes in the air, generating revenue by moving people and cargo. The Lightning Diverter Can...

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