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New Morphing Wing Concept Needs Lightning Protection

A German company is developing a unique wing leading edge system that changes shape using an internal mechanism. This arrangement allows for lower drag and air noise compared with leading edge slats. It is a very interesting concept that may result in a lower weight, simpler leading edge system. One of the remaining hurdles is lightning. Providing lightning protection to the new design may be difficult if the leading edge material is non-conductive.

Read the article from Flying magazine here:

Morphing Wing Article

Morphing wing concept

Morphing wing concept