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Features February 2015 Issue

Cowboys and Cowards

Unless you want to test some limits, airframe ice offers nothing good.

Cowboys and Cowards

There are two kinds of pilots when it comes to icing: cavalier cowboys and cautious cowards. By stealing some cowboy techniques, even a coward can safely ply chilly skies.

Growing up in the land of conquistadors and cowboys, my opportunities for IMC involved attacking thunderstorms or slipping into shallow ponds of fog. Neither was good for gaining instrument time or icing experience. My instructors and peers shared the same background.

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