(2.) Fifth Third initially would hold the subsidiary banks of Old Kent as direct subsidiaries of FTFC
. Fifth Third has informed the Board that it might reorganize the branch structure of some of its subsidiary banks through consolidations, mergers, and purchase and assumption transactions after the Board's decision on the current applications and notices, and that it would make the necessary filings and request the Board's prior approval for any such reorganization under section 18(c) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (12 U.S.C.
All said that fogging an airplane with an FTFC is most inexpensively done when it's opened up and the interior is out--such as during an annual or 100-hour inspection.
Derrick DeRuiter, owner of Northwoods Aviation in Cadillac, Michigan, cautioned about overspray when applying an FTFC, noting that it doesn't do brakes any good at all.
Based on what I learned preparing this article, if your airplane is older than 15 years and it has not had an FTFC treatment in at least five years, it would be wise to seriously consider fogging it at the next annual.
The effectiveness of FTFCs has caused them to supplant virtually all other methods of corrosion prevention for aircraft owners (not manufacturers--different prevention techniques are used when assembling airplanes).
FTFCs are compounds created by clever scientists and that consist of complex molecules that have one end that attaches to metals and the other that blocks moisture and electrolytes.
FTFCs are not like previous barrier products in that they do not remain on top of existing corrosion and keep further moisture out--they penetrate through existing corrosion to the metal.
+ Modern FTFC products work and add negligible weight to the aircraft.
Cor-Ban is a Cessna product and is not an FTFC. Instead, it's a thicker product that coats metal to block corrosion.
They're still used in large-aircraft operations, but they've been long supplanted in GA by fluid thin-film coatings (FTFCs).
The two most commonly used FTFCs are ACF-50 from Lear Chemical Research, of Ontario, Canada, who pioneered the product, and CorrosionX by Corrosion Technologies of Garland, Texas.
FTFCs are fogged in using high-pressure through slim application wands, which means they can reach nearly every crevice of the aircraft.