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Winters Are Here! Just Keep Up With These Flying Tips to Stay Safe

Posted by kimbishop on 01.18.17 at 09:21 PM

Winters have already marked their frigid presence. With temperatures consistently falling below freezing the pilots are expected to come across unique challenges, which are to be dealt with technique and precision. Although, it’s risky to fly in such conditions but colder months provide some great opportunities to pilots that help them in expanding their knowledge on weather and aircraft operations in less ideal conditions. Cold weather flying can also bring smooth, calm air and great performance but maximum chances are of ice and slick runways that can hamper the entire flying process. From cold-engine starts, frost on the wings, check aircraft engine wires, gauges and tachometers, slippery runways to structural icing, the pilot has to be well-prepared in advance to tackle all these situations.

So, as the temperature is getting colder day by day and flying becoming difficult, these winter weather tips will help you have a smooth take-off and a safe landing. Mind these tips pilots! It will help you fly high:

  • Always Have Your Winter Weather Gear Prepared:

Since you have to fly across freezing temperatures so it is always advisable to pack cold weather gear for yourself. You never know when you will be called for an emergency landing and will have to bear those breezy conditions for hours or even days. Therefore, keeping aside a piece of cold weather gear will be beneficial. And, yes don’t forget your cell phone.

  • After Landing, Don’t Be In A Hurry To Rule Out That Frost:

We know you are conscious about the frost forming on your aircraft in that below freezing temperature but dear pilots giving your airplanes a quick clean up after landing doesn’t assure it won’t get frost again. In such a situation it is better to hangar them overnight and pull them out just before departure.

  • Carry Out The Practice Sessions On Tainted Runways:

In winters, witnessing the residual snow or slick spots on a runway is a common sight and this doesn’t mean that you have to cancel your flight practice session. Practicing in such conditions will help you learn the importance of speed control and how to make use of the soft-field takeoff and landing techniques in real-world.

  • Learn Cold Weather Procedures For Your Aircraft:

It is very important to have a complete know-how about the airplane you are flying in such frigid conditions. Make sure to review all the cold weather procedures for your aircraft, know about its temperature and battery limitations, starter duty cycle limits and important things related to engine fire during start. All this is essential to have a safe take-off and landing.

  • If You Need Cold Weather Airport Services, Ask For Them Beforehand Only:

When you are making a cross-country to another airport in winters, it is possible they won’t have cold weather services. In such a scenario it is better to ask them everything you need beforehand only. Don’t assume that things will be instantly available to you.

All in All, winter flying is enjoyable as far as you stay ahead of the season’s hazards and keep yourself fully aware.

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