Balancing of flight controls

When an aircraft is repainted, certain parts such as the rudder and elevator must be balanced in terms of center of gravity and weight distribution in order to ensure that the aircraft can still fly in a stable and safe manner.

It depends on how much paint was applied to the respective component. Each part is usually weighed before the paint is stripped and after it is repainted. Another method for determining the paint thickness is a destructive test method, where the correction values are subsequently calculated. Even if only a few measuring points are involved, both methods require an enormous amount of work and time.

The FSC1/7 and FSC1000 paint thickness gauges from Micro-Epsilon offer a much more efficient method. They measure the paint thickness directly in a non-destructive way and without leaving residue on any metals and CFRP materials. No other method offers this non-destructive technique.

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