Deicing boots must be installed on the landing gear struts and cargo pods of several hundred Cessna Caravans approved for flight into icing under an AD published today.
It may be nearly the first day of summer, but engineers from the National Research Council of Canada are in Paris this week with thoughts of winter on their minds–or at least the most well-known byproduct of winter: ice.
Electro-thermal ice protection systems made by UK company GKN Aerospace (Chalet G1-3) have been selected for every major aircraft for which electric de-icing systems have been specified, according to senior vice president of sales and marketing Frank Bamford. Applications for which the GKN system has been chosen to-date include the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Boeing 787 and EH101 medium/heavy lift helicopter.
Raytheon Aircraft has provided operators of the Beechjet/Hawker 400XP with revised airplane flight manual (AFM) pages on the use of engine anti-icing procedures intended to prevent further flameouts on the P&WC JT15D-powered twinjet. The revisions, based on Raytheon Aircraft Safety Communiqué No.
Would-be supersonic business jet (SSBJ) maker Aerion (Booth No.
An infrared de-icing system is scheduled to be operational late this winter at New York John F. Kennedy International Airport. The system consists of a large tent-like structure under which an aircraft is taxied or towed and de-iced in minutes using the energy generated by hundreds of computer-controlled infrared heating elements. Systems are now in use at Newark International Airport, N.J., Buffalo Niagara International Airport, N.Y.
The NTSB is recommending that pilots of Cessna 208 Caravans approved for flight into known icing conditions be required to undergo annual training for ground de-icing and flight in icing conditions. The Safety Board also wants Cessna to develop appropriate guidance materials to minimize the chance of Caravan icing accidents. The recommendations stem from the NTSB’s study of 26 icing-related Cessna 208 accidents in the U.S.
Revised Flight Standards Information Bulletin for Air Transportation (FSAT) 04-05 updates de-icing holdover times for this winter’s flying season. The tables correlate the holdover times based on temperature, type of fluid used and type of precipitation. Download the complete bulletin in Word format at www.faa.gov/avr/fsat/fsat0405.doc.
As I prepared to pen yet another article dealing with winter operations, the realization hit me that we will likely have ice-related accidents. It seems that every winter we are peppered with articles dealing with many of the issues that need to be addressed to maintain safe flight under some challenging conditions.
Just as the cold weather starts to take hold in the higher reaches of North America, Sikorsky’s S-92 has passed one of its critical remaining airworthiness tests: crews with Cougar Helicopters in Canada are now cleared to fly their aircraft into known-icing conditions.