Wed, Jul 11, 2007
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A device used to bleed accumulated static electrical charge off
a control surface, and dissipate it into the air. The wick is made
of graphite-impregnated cotton fibers, enclosed in a plastic tube.
One end of the wick is connected to the trailing edge of the
surface, with the other end in trailing behind in the air. As the
airplane flies through the air, static electricity builds up on the
control surfaces, travels through the static wick, and discharges
into the air through the fibers.
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