November 2001 Issue

Snowhere to Hide

Macro weather and micro weather determine whether a winter trip is cool, or insane

[IMGCAP(1)] Iíll admit right up front that I live for winter. After dealing with the sweltering heat and high density altitudes of the summer, itís a relief to have the cooler temperatures.

However, there are the obvious dangers with operating in a snowy climate, to include frost and snow covered aircraft surfaces, snow covered runways, rapidly changing weather, lower visibilities, more hours of darkness and icing, just to name a few.

In snow country, the preparation for a winter flight is more time-consuming than a summer flight because of these conditions, and requires some additional items and procedures.

When planning a winter GA flight, watch The Weather Channel. You can get...

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