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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.12.09): Air Data Boom

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Air Data Boom

An air data boom provides air pressure, temperature, and airflow direction data to data acquisition and air data computers for the computation of aircraft orientation, airspeed, altitude, and related information. Depending on the nature of the activity, air data booms can be used a primary flight instruments or as a "measurement standard" of which primary flight instruments are compared to. An air data boom is used to collect source data during the flight testing of aircraft. The air data boom is mounted on the aircraft in a location that allows for relatively undisturbed air to be measured. To attain such undisturbed air, mounting is usually done on the nose, wing, or upper horizontal stabilizer of the aircraft. 

FMI: http://news.thomasnet.com/fullstory/8112

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