Features

January 2018 Issue

A Bad Time For Circling

Picking up airframe ice on the approach presents handling challenges at a critical time, especially if we don’t realize it.

When we’re en route and encounter airframe icing, we have some options, even if they’re not all good ones. In addition to using all the de- and anti-icing equipment available, they can include changing altitude, turning around, or diverting. But those options only work when good weather for a climb or descent near the airport is a given. When you have to climb or descend through likely icing conditions, things get more interesting, and options change.

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