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Review of Aircraft Icing Procedures

Posted by on November 18, 2007 0 Comments Category : Flight Instructor Blog Tags : , ,

Well..that time of year has come. Time to review icing procedures and courses for icing. Already this season, I’ve already had a few icing encounters, fortunately all light with mixed rime. During a preflight weather check about a month ago I saw an PIREP from a CRJ experiencing severe icing. According to my 2008 ASA FAR / AIM Severe Icing means that “the rate of accumulation is such that deicing/anti-icing equipment fails to reduce or control the hazard. Immediate flight diversion is necessary.” Knock on wood I haven’t experienced that yet. I wondered if it looked something like this when it landed

Every year I try and watch the NASA videos as well as read over my aircraft flight manual or POH for the type of aircraft I am flying. NASA has produced a great online icing course. I was also able to find the NASA icing video on google and share it below. This video is a classic when it comes to aircraft icing. Every corporate, charter and airline operator that I have ever worked for makes this required viewing. Warning it takes a while to watch and load but worth every second. The title of this video is Icing for Regional and Corporate pilots but don’t let the title fool you. It has a lot of practical advice and tips that would apply to anyone.


Nasa also produced a good tailplane icing video:


Here is a good book entitled simply Aircraft Icing. A summary:

In this straightforward, how-to handbook for pilots at all levels, weather professional and Gold Seal flight instructor Terry Lankford gives you a critical overview of one of aviation’s most dangerous and hard-to-grasp threats. For the first time, Aircraft Icing provides both the nuts-and-bolts understanding and the hands-on strategies you need to prepare yourself for icing conditions, whether you fly a single-engine Cessna or a jumbo 777.. “

This is available for $29.36 from mypilotstore.com

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