How Are Insects Affecting
Parked Aircraft Pitot Tubes?
For parked aircraft, there is a potential and real issue related to static and pitot source contamination from insects. What inspection and maintenance is required to ensure air data sources are functioning properly as the COVID-19 pandemic eases and more aircraft are returned to service?
Boeing’s advice? “Most aircraft require a flushing at return to service, and others may have a conditional flushing” if foreign object damage or contamination is found, the company says.