Two new online icing education courses were released this winter, one from King Schools and the other by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s Air Safety Foundation (ASF). Both offer a useful introduction and refresher on preparing for icing conditions and dealing with ice-related problems.
Cessna Citation 500, Beverly, Mass., March 17, 2007–The NTSB determined the probable cause of the Air Trek Citation icing accident was the inadequate guidance
Total Aircraft Services has announced the completion of icing tests for its CL-300 enhanced-vision system for the Bombardier Challenger 300. The company is now looking for a launch customer to complete the supplemental type certificate process for the system and is offering an unspecified but “substantial” discount off the projected $150,000 installed price.
In an unusual move, the FAA has proposed an AD that would require pilots to view a new icing-awareness training video before they could serve as PIC of Mitsubishi MU-2Bs. The requirement would supplement a 1997 AD requiring MU-2B pilots to take an eight-hour training course about flying in icing conditions.
In a dissenting opinion, NTSB member John Goglia said a Safety Board recommendation asking for an AD to prohibit using the APU during ground de-icing operations on Fokker F100s “misses the mark.” The Safety Board said the recommendation is aimed at preventing APU engine turbine wheel bursts that might result from the ingestion of de-icing fluid.
Design changes to resolve a manufacturing problem with the wing leading-edge anti-ice system of the Premier I were under way at press time. It was possible the modification would be installed on all affected aircraft before the June 29 compliance date of an AD that prohibits the new jet from flying into known icing until it is modified.
The FAA, in collaboration with the AOPA Air Safety Foundation, recently updated and reprinted its popular guidelines on icing.
In the northern hemisphere, it’s that time of year again, when clouds are full of ice and it’s time to dust off those icing training manuals and relearn the pertinent points about handling icing conditions.
The FAA released on November 8 a new fact sheet, “Safer Flying in Icing Conditions,” to warn operators that aircraft icing is a “continuing concern in all parts of aviation, from small airplanes to jumbo jets.” To combat icing-related accidents, the FAA is employing a multi-pronged approach to icing issues, using immediate safety actions and longer-term rule changes.
The FAA today released a new fact sheet, “Safer Flying in Icing Conditions,” to remind operators that aircraft icing is a “continuing concern in all parts of aviation, from small planes to jumbo jets.” To combat icing-related accidents, the FAA is employing a multi-pronged approach to icing issues, using immediate safety actions and longer-term rule changes.