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As the other answers have already pointed out these black areas are not painted, they are rubber surfaces that are inflatable to break off any ice that forms on them. To produce rubber you need a filler. The main "rubber" producer, tire factories, use carbon black (soot) because it is cheap and tested. It also dyes the rubber black. However there ...


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I have a theory that those turboprop commuter aircraft have inflatable rubber icing boots because they need them. Then three crashes of the ATR 72 are actually listed as icing. The Buffalo crash of a Q400 experienced several seconds of speed-bleed before the stall warning. Crash investigators for the preliminary report in the year 2009 found the speed-bleed ...


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These are rubber boot deicing systems. When ice forms on the leading edge of a wing, pressurized air is used to inflate the boot so the ice will pop off. Normally, this inflation is not permanent but the air is pulsed. Activation is done by the pilot, so this system is normally switched off. Operation needs some care because if used too early (with too ...


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They're not painted black, but a rubber (hence black) device called a de-icing boot. Upon entering icing conditions, the system once activated will repeatedly inflate and deflate the rubber boots. This will destroy any icing build-up. Larger jets use a system where the leading edge is heated by bleed air. This requires a lot more bleed air, but has the ...


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