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Features January 2013 Issue

Knowing Known Ice

Stepping up to an aircraft with ice protection can be a great way to avoid cancelled trips, but itís no silver bullet. In fact, it might even turn out to be a Magic 8 Ball.

Transitioning to your first aircraft that has ice protection equipment beyond a heated pitot tube is a big step for a pilot. Having a full complement of ice protection usually gives pilots warm fuzzy feelings about being able to complete more trips and handle any ice related problems that arise. Unfortunately, the current regulations and guidance addressing icing can be just as complex as dealing with the nuances of in-flight icing encounters.

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