It’s Never Too Hot to Think about Ice

Written by Kevin Garrison
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You might think that this season of the year is an unusual time to have a discussion about aircraft icing. Not really. All you have to do is climb a few thousand feet, enter some visible moisture and you can easily have an ice issue on your hands.

Late summer and autumn are the best times to have this discussion because it allows you time to make sure your airplane is in good shape for the upcoming icing season and that your knowledge and training is up to the challenge.

By now pilots should know that it is a bad idea to fly through icing conditions and get that stuff on their airplanes. It seems simple enough: stay out of ice and you stay out of trouble.

Icing forecasts are spotty at best and lots of times you’ll run into icing where you least expect it. Once in it, your three options of staying in the icing, climbing above it, or descending out of it aren’t as simple as they may seem.

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