It seems like a thousand years ago when I started my first real business washing aircraft at age 12. It turned out to be a very astute business decision in hindsight. Still, as a 12-year old it was really hard work, and I can remember scrubbing the bugs off the leading edge and wings of small light aircraft and business jets. Then I'd have to wax them really good to help me get the new bugs off next time I washed the same aircraft.
That was then, and this is now and there may be relief on the way for future young aircraft cleaners. Let's talk, let's discuss some new future technologies in Aerospace.
There is a great video on YouTube talking about NASA wing research for modern aircraft. The title of the video is: "The Super-Efficient Future of Air Travel" and it is well worth watching. Fast forward the video to: 16:00 on the video.
This video discusses the drag, both induced drag and parasitic drag, from dead bugs and how this affects a wing's performance, which is another reason why aircraft detailers are constantly washing and waxing the wings of aircraft.
Now then, just imagine in the future specialized coatings that prevent dead bugs (smushed ones) from sticking – wouldn't that be a wonderful thing, yes, I agree totally. Wow, looking back, all I can say is; I sure wish they had such coatings back then, I'd have certainly saved myself so work, or would I have – maybe not, because if those coatings existed my aircraft washing, cleaning and detailing services may not have been needed.
Well, either way, these new technologies will be a complete game-changer for the Aircraft Detailing Industry, much like no-stick Teflon pans changed things for cooking bacon and eggs. Material Science has come a long way, and it is amazing just how much it will reshape the world we live in the future, even for those sub-sectors of our economy, things like aircraft washing and cleaning.
Sometimes I feel as if our industry doesn't stay up on all the new technologies that affect us, and yes, it is a relatively simple business sector to participate in, nevertheless a prudent operator or owner of such a business needs to stay up with the leading edge of aerospace tech to stay ahead of the competition, thus, I thought you might like to hear about this. After all, we don't want any of our workers getting carpal tunnel while scrubbing off all those obliterated and baked on bugs do we? Please consider all this and think on it.