December 1999 Issue

Sucking on Ice

Airframe ice isn’t the only frozen stuff to worry about; induction ice can spoil the party, too

The sputtering sound of your airplane’s power plant, followed by a sudden silence, and the realization that you are now the pilot of a heavy glider, can certainly get your immediate attention.

Cold weather brings with it the potential for ice – and not just ice of the airframe variety. Induction system icing brings down more than a few unsuspecting pilots every year. Even those who valiantly give wide berth to “known icing conditions” can be struck by the power loss that comes from ice in the engine compartment.

Induction System Icing
Induction system icing takes several forms – including impact ice, throttle ice and fuel vaporization ice. Any or all of these can play troubl...

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