February 2000 Issue

Stone-Cold Flying

Winter can be a great time for flying, as long as your preparations reflect the challenge

Airplanes seem to like cold weather. They pick up speed more rapidly on the takeoff roll and lift off with little or no effort. The controls have a crisp, quick feel thatís lacking during the summer months. The engine(s) sound at the peak of strength.

Cold air and airplanes do well together. Well, most of the time. There are a few drawbacks.

One of the biggest problems for cross-country fliers is that reliable icing forecasts are as rare as honest crooks. Icing sometimes shows up where none was supposed to be and is frequently absent from where itís supposed to be.

The inaccuracy of the weather predictions leads many people to ignore icing forecasts in favor of ďgoing and taking a...

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