CAA SAFETYSENSE LEAFLET 3 – WINTER FLYING

For those who haven’t had the opportunity to read the whole thing, here’s a summary:

      Stay out of icing conditions for which the aircraft has NOT been cleared.

    Note freezing level in the aviation weather forecast. Don’t go unless the aircraft is equipped for the conditions.

    Have warm clothing available for pre-flight and in case of heater failure or forced landing.

    Mud, snow and slush will lengthen take-off and landing runs. Work out your distances in advance.

     Remove all frost, ice and snow from the aircraft – there is no such thing as a little ice!

      Check carefully that all essential electrical services, especially pitot heat, are working properly.

    Check that the heater and demister are effective. Watch out for any signs of carbon monoxide poisoning.

        Be extra vigilant for carb ice.

      If ice does start to form, act promptly, get out of the conditions by descending (beware of high ground), climbing or diverting.

       If you encounter ice, tell ATC so that others can be warned.

      During the approach if you suspect tail-plane ice, or suffer a severe pitch down, RETRACT THE FLAPS.

   If you have to land with an iced-up aeroplane, add at least 20% to the approach speed.

      Snow-covered, icy or muddy runways will make crosswinds harder to handle.


FLY SAFE!
Tony Birth