Acid Rain and Aircraft Corrosion

We’ve all heard of acid rain. It occurs when pollution mixes with normal air currents followed by normal precipitation. This mixture can cause water molecules to combine with compounds in the pollution. The emergence causes many problems for human beings; for example, erosion of status, discoloration of cars and high acidity in streams, lakes and perhaps even drinking water sources.

One thing you may not have noticed is what acid rain can do to an airplane. Aircraft corrosion can cause structural problems and increase the potential for metal fatigue and eventual failure. Structural failure in air-flying aircraft is no laughing matter. It’s not like you can park the plane and get off and call AAA. There are many examples of structural failures that cause plane crashes in NTSB reports.

The acid rain problem is a serious problem that many people do not even think about. While statistics show that things have been getting better and better since 1975, some say they’re getting worse every year. However, one cannot be too careful when it comes to acid rain on aircraft corrosion. One of the smartest things an airplane owner or airline can do after their plane is splashed with acid rain is to give them a thorough bath and rinse in fresh water, or call the Aircraft Washers near you. Consider this in 2006.

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