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Features December 2014 Issue

Icing Weather Basics

Basics - yes. Same ol' stuff - no. Safely flying in winter's ice requires a lot more than knowing rime vs. clear, and trace vs. moderate. Here's some real depth you can use.

Next to poor visibility and low ceilings, ice is one of winterís most common weather hazards. A recent study of icing accidents showed that 71 percent of the pilots were instrument rated, averaged 2000 hours, and over half of the flights received a proper icing forecast. This strongly suggests that ice is not well understood or is ignored.

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