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Russina Planes And Cold Weather  
User currently offlineKatekebo From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 702 posts, RR: 6
Posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4691 times:

I know that this is maybe a dump question, but anyway...

Are Russian planes specially equipped for cold weather winter operations? Do they have any advantage in adverse winter weather conditions over Western airliners?

Winter is pretty tough in Russia, and I imagine that many small airfields in Siberia are probably not very well equipped compared to their Western counterparts. Do Russian airliners have any special equipment to deal with de-icing and other extreme winter weather requirements?



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User currently offlineSovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2519 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 4655 times:
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Basically their mechanical moving parts are much more simplified, their landing gear is stronger, their engines require less maintenance, and the planes are made almost self servable. For example, the Il-86 has a little door in the cargo hold where the passengers could put their luggage in instead of airport service doing it. The Yak-40 is an ultimate plane for those Siberia airports because it is very simple, the flaps are one slot, it has 3 engines "just it case", an automatic opening ladder in the back, low pressure tires and many more features to make it as less complex as possible. If you haven't noticed, many Russian planes have lots of tires compared to their western counterparts so they can land on rough runways, and their systems are triple reserved so that if one fails the plane can still make it out of the airport to a more civilized one. Or for example the wheel base of the Tu-134 and Tu-154 is very wide for better stability on the snowy runways. However some of these things lead to weight increase and increased fuel consumption which wasn't much of a problem in the Soviet Union. As for cold weather all planes are designed to withstand cold not just in Russia.

User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8621 posts, RR: 43
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 4624 times:

This picture gives you a pretty good idea of how cold weather testing may look.


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User currently offlineAirKas1 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 3945 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 4602 times:

wow, great picture. I'm getting cold by even looking at it.

User currently offlineExPanAmer From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 36 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 4607 times:

While working the ramp at JFK in the late 80s-early 90s, we serviced the Russian airliners-mainly the IL62, later the IL76.In the winter months, the fuel had to be routed thru a special tank that mixed in some sort of anti-freeze, since the fuel in Russia had some property that kept it from freezing as easily.I guess the fuel heating system wasn't as effective (or designed?) like the western built aircraft.I can attest to the robust build of the landing gear,like an old fashioned outhouse!They were reliable, but I often wondered how lenient their MEL was!

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