Editor's Log

December 2007 Issue

Winterization

It’s that time of year when the IFR pilot’s primary aviation weather concern finally shifts completely from thunderstorms to airframe icing. Even if we’ve been forced to consider both hazards on the same flight, we probably can leave the thunderbumpers by the wayside for a few months. In truth, we should always be concerned about airframe icing, depending on the altitudes at which we’re flying. But winter’s onset doesn’t mean airframe icing is the only operational concern we might face. In last month’s issue, Mike Gugeler tackled the topic of runways contaminated by rain, snow, slush, ice or a some evil combination. This month he serves up a detailed discussion on preheating. As Mike demonstrates, thinking about the whole airplane’s preheating needs is not just a good idea, it’s also a significant safety consideration.

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