The loss of more than 200 G.A. aircraft at Florida airports from high winds in February, 1998, prompted Kennon Aircraft Covers to bring its newest aircraft protection product to market. "Kennon Wind Spoilers" consist of a row of soft fiber-filled spoilers sewn onto a strip of mesh that attaches to the wing with straps and quick-release fasteners. They stop the wing from generating lift in high winds, and help prevent the kind of tie-down breakage and aircraft upsets that took such an awful toll at Opa-Locka and North Perry. The new Wind Spoilers are similar to Kennon's classic Spoiler Mesh Wing Covers but with three big differences: they're less bulky, quicker to install and remove, and cost just $89 (compared with $295 for full covers). AVweb recently talked to Kennon's Ron Kensey about this new low-cost wind protection.
February 9, 1998
Ron, tell us about Kennon Wind Spoilers.
Your plane was made to fly. If the wind is strong enough it
will fly...with you or without you. Tie downs can only hold a
flying plane for so long.
When you say flying plane, I get the impression that you are talking
about a plane that is off the ground...tethered to its tiedowns.
That is exactly what happens... right before the tiedowns break and
the airplane winds up on its back.
So what do you suggest?
We know for a fact that our Spoiler Mesh Wing covers save
airplanes from flying without a pilot. We get letters from
grateful customers who share their stories. One of those stories
appeared recently in our article on wing covers. So we know
that slowing down the air movement over the top of the wing will prevent
lift. Your plane simply can't fly with our Spoiler Mesh Wing
In fact, much to my chagrin, I have had customers tell me that
they actually tried to get lift on the runway with our covers on the
plane! They called to say we were right: no matter what
airspeed, they couldn't get lift. Please don't try this at home,
it's not a real smart thing to do. I'd much rather hear about how
our covers saved planes on the ground during a storm.
So tell us about Kennon Wind Spoilers...
Its the same concept as our Spoiler Mesh Wing Covers.
Except the soft fiber filled spoilers are sewn onto a strip of mesh that
attaches around the wing with straps and quick release fasteners. This
means you don't have to carry a bulky winter wing cover with you. Also,
the Wind Spoilers are quicker to install and remove than the full
A lot more economincal too, we suppose?
Considerably so. The full wing covers cost $295 a set. We are
pricing a set of Wind Spoilers at just $89, in hopes that they will
eventually be on board every plane that is tied down out of doors.
I'm sure you'd like that.
I'm serious. A set of Wind Spoilers should be as commonplace as
tie down ropes and wheel chocks. If you are tied down facing into
the wind with your Wind Spoilers installed, wouldn't you want the plane
upwind of you to also have Wind Spoilers? More than one customer
has told us that since they started using our Spoiler Mesh Wing Covers,
their biggest worry is about other guy's plane breaking free from its
tiedowns and smashing into theirs during a wind storm.
What are you telling your customers with low-wing aircraft?
The pictures that came in from the recent Florida wind
disaster included some pretty heavy low-wings (including twins) that
ripped loose from their tiedowns and flipped over. It's not just a
problem for high-wing aircraft.
This winter, we are telling all of our customers to expect the
unexpected. Weather conditions are not typical of the
conditions that we have seen in the past. As a Weather Channel
junkie, I can tell you that things aren't about to settle down any time