Ground Support Equipment Maintenance Tips for Pitot Probe Covers

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February 24, 2024
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Ground support equipment (GSE) like a pitot probe cover, can play a crucial role in ensuring the safety and efficiency of aircraft operations. Among the essential components of an aircraft is the pitot probe. In this blog post, we will explore what aircraft pitot probes are, highlight the importance of covers for pitot probes, and provide valuable tips for taking care of those covers.

What is a pitot probe?

An aircraft pitot probe is a small, slender tube mounted on the exterior of an aircraft. Its primary function is to measure the dynamic pressure of the surrounding air, which is essential for determining the aircraft's airspeed. Pitot probes are critical instruments that contribute to the safe and efficient operation of aircraft.

Why do I need a pitot probe cover?

By using a pitot tube cover, you shield the probe from contaminants and environmental factors that could hinder its performance. The cover acts as a barrier against debris, dirt, and moisture that may enter the probe's opening. Insects, particularly wasps, also pose a threat to aircraft pitot probes. These foreign elements can obstruct the delicate mechanisms within the pitot probe, leading to inaccurate airspeed readings and jeopardizing flight safety. Additionally, a pitot probe cover helps prevent corrosion and damage caused by exposure to moisture, rain, snow, or extreme weather conditions.

Maintenance Tips for Pitot Probe Covers

Proper maintenance of pitot probe covers is essential to ensure their longevity and effectiveness in protecting sensitive pitot probes on your aircraft. Even the toughest tech can fail if it isn’t properly taken care of. Here are some important tips to maximize the lifespan and reliability of your pitot probe covers:

  1. Regular Inspection: Frequently inspect the cover for any signs of wear, tear, or damage. Exposure to harsh weather conditions, UV rays, and repetitive use can cause deterioration like dry rot over time. Look for any cracks, holes, or weakened areas in the cover material. If you notice any issues, replace the cover promptly to maintain optimal protection for the pitot probe.
  2. Cleaning: Regularly clean the pitot tube cover to remove dirt, debris, and any substances that may have accumulated on its surface. Use a mild soap or detergent and lukewarm water to gently scrub the cover. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials that could damage the cover. Rinse thoroughly and allow it to air dry before reinstalling.
  3. Secure Storage: It’s important to make sure it keeps its shape. When storing covers, don’t simply stuff them into the nearest drawer or filing cabinet. Store the covers as they would sit on the device or keep them in their packaging until use. Make sure they’re kept in a cool, dry place away from extreme temperatures, high humidity, and direct sunlight to avoid things like color fading. If the bright red color of the covers fades due to photodegradation, they may be harder to spot on your aircraft.

Maximize Aircraft Protection With Sesame Technologies, Inc. Products

By following these maintenance tips, you can ensure that your pitot probe covers are in excellent condition and capable of effectively safeguarding the pitot probes. Proper care and attention to the covers contribute to accurate airspeed readings, reduced maintenance costs, and enhanced overall safety in aviation operations. Looking for quality pitot probe covers? We have what you need. Made from bullet-proof DuPont Kevlar® our pitot probe covers are Sesame Strong and built to last. Learn more about our aircraft ground support equipment and discover the new levels of maintenance quality made possible with Sesame Technologies, Inc.

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