Turbine Training Center Blog for Cessna 208 Caravan & Beechcraft King Air pilots
When I was in college a buddy of mine was on the swim team. This one Saturday there was an especially important meet, and all of our male swimmers decided that they would glide through the water a lot better if they shaved their legs, reducing the amount of “drag” their legs would create. I don’t remember if we won the meet or not, but I do remember that our team had a lot better looking legs! When it comes to aircraft, aerodynamics can affect both performance and efficiency, so PAINT INNOVATIONS AND CESSNA 208 TRAINING is an important consideration for pilots.
“The most recent study we’ve been following,” Dale Wolcott, President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas, shared, “is the one conducted by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines on their new fleet members, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. And, the results are pretty enlightening.”
What KLM has discovered is that their new “gleaming” finish, which was created by AkzoNobel, reduced the amount of paint they need by some 15 %. This particular finish also has a surface that is smoother and reduces dirt adhesion, which, of course, over the course of time reduces the drag on a plane and improves efficiency as well.
“Inasmuch as crafts with this finish will be flying more efficiently,” Jason Wolcott, Vice President of TURBINE TRAINING, explained, “KLM estimates that they will be realizing as much as a 20% improvement. And,” he continued, “the craft will fly faster, cleaner, and even more quietly as well.”
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