Learning Experiences

December 2005 Issue

Learning Experiences: 12/05

While most light-airplane icing encounters are safely and successfully resolved, there’s no such thing as “a little” ice on them. After years of thinking a trace here or there—or even a quarter-inch or so—was no big deal, I recently discovered one reason for known-icing approvals.

It was a crisp, brisk fall day over Arizona; I was flying my Bonanza east from California and planned to stop in Winslow, Ariz., for fuel, a snack and to stretch my legs. Somewhere between Prescott and Winslow, on an IFR flight plan, I encountered some benign-looking clouds at my altitude. Although the outside air temperature was below freezing, I thought nothing of punching into these white, puffy clouds. I ha...

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