Maintenance Matters

March 1998 Issue

Radome Repairs

Beat up by rain and alternately baked and frozen, fixing one isnít a job for the local body shop.

If your airplane is radar equipped, you probably give the radome little more than a passing glance on each pre-flight. After all, itís nothing but a simple nose cone that should last forever.

Chips, dents and scars? No problem. Itís just fiberglass. Come your annual, the local body shop can whip up a quick repair and the thing is as good as new in no time.

Yet nothing could be further from the truth. A radome is far more than a simple nose cone but a carefully designed electromagnetic window costing up to $10,000 or more on some corporate aircraft.

When flawed, a radome can degrade the efficiency of radar and lure an airplane into destructive weather hazards. It has happened....

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