Atmospheric icing

December 1, 2009 - 10:52am

The FAA yesterday issued a final rule that prohibits Part 91K, 135 and 121 operators from taking off with “polished frost”–meaning frost buffed to make it smooth–on an aircraft’s wings, stabilizers and control surfaces. The new rule will take effect on Jan. 30, 2010. The FAA already prohibits major and regional air carriers from operating with polished frost.

November 2, 2009 - 10:00am

Coincidental to the early taste of winter weather the Northeast received in mid-October, NBAA–in conjunction with local airport user groups and state business aviation associations–sponsored a pair of cold-weather operational seminars aimed at exploring the challenges and threats presented by in-flight and ground icing, as well as runway contamination.   

November 2, 2009 - 9:22am

Ever since the crash of American Eagle Flight 4184 (an ATR 72) in Roselawn, Ind., on Oct. 31, 1994, the NTSB has been recommending that the FAA enact a new rule that the Board believes might have prevented these accidents. As a result of the crash of Flight 4184, the NTSB recommended that the FAA “prohibit the use of the autopilot” during encounters with icing conditions.

October 14, 2009 - 5:48am

One of the founders and innovators of the TKS anti-icing system plans to launch the world’s first environmentally friendly anti-icing fluid called TKS Sustain, based on propane diol rather than the more traditional ethylene glycol. Kilfrost, exhibiting here at Booth No. 5513, has submitted the product for certification and expects to gain approval to market it this coming winter.

October 2, 2009 - 10:34am

Twin Commander 690C, Wray, Colo., Jan. 15, 2009–The Commander, operated by J-W Operating, was destroyed when it crashed four miles from its destination of Wray Municipal Airport, killing both pilots and the passenger.

October 1, 2009 - 6:53am

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has joined with other aviation associations to ask the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a 60-day extension on the comment period for new proposed rules on airport de-icing fluid effluent limitations. The timing of the initial rules proposal falls within the traditional northern-hemisphere de-icing season.

August 26, 2009 - 12:24pm

The FAA last month amended its certification standards for icing protection on transport-category airplanes. The new rule, which goes into effect September 2, will require new systems to increase pilot situational awareness during icing conditions.

August 4, 2009 - 1:33pm

The FAA yesterday amended its certification standards for icing protection on transport-category airplanes. The new rule, which goes into effect September 2, will require new systems to increase pilot situational awareness during icing conditions.

April 29, 2009 - 5:11am

The FAA issued Information for Operators (InFO) 09005 last week, urging proper pilot training for boot operation and maintaining airspeed in de-icer-boot-equipped airplanes.

April 1, 2009 - 6:16am

The crash of Colgan Air/Continental Connection Flight 3407 (a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400) on February 2 has again raised the same issues about in-flight icing that came to light after the 1994 icing-related crash of American Eagle Flight 4184 in Roselawn, Ind., and other icing accidents.

 
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