Static Wicks, do I really need them?
I was having a conversation today with friends regarding "static wicks" on light personal aircraft.
I've seen them on a C172 before, but they were older models who still had ADF radios installed. I said they were required for using HF/UHF radios and to reduce static noises.
My personal R172XP doesn't have any static wicks and it also never had an ADF.
They argued that it was to release static from the wing from friction from dry air moving across the wing and it needs a place to go.
I thought that a 172 flew too slow for static to be an issue for modern electronic radios to be affected by static buildup.
Can you explain this to me and if I really need to install static wicks on my 1977 R172XP?
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