December 2001 Issue

A Dish Served Cold

Winter ops can be handled safely, as long as start, taxi, runup, takeoff, cruise and landing go OK.

[IMGCAP(1)] Cold weather operations pose a number of risks that simply don’t exist – or are much less threatening – than when temperatures are warmer. While the risks are manageable, they require added vigilance to keep the airplane in one piece and pointed in the right direction.

With a careful cold-weather preflight preparation out of the way, operational concerns come to the front. Primary among them is treating a below-zero airplane nicely – especially when it comes to engine start. After that, the stakes go up as the airplane gets farther from its parking spot.

Taking care of your engine not only makes good economic sense but also adds to the safe operation of your airplane. Resea...

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