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De-icing Conditions

Wed Nov 03, 2004 5:45 am


I was wondering what condition must exist to for ANY kind of fluid to be sprayed on the plane, whether it be deicing fluid or a something that prevents icing.

Also, what if the destination of the plane has severe icing conditions? i.e. a plane going from HNL to ANC in the dead of winter? Are any preventative measures taken then?

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RE: De-icing Conditions

Wed Nov 03, 2004 7:30 am

Normally it's visible freezing moisture.... snow, sleet, freezing rain. If its 40 degs and raining there in no need to de-ice, although some airlines and aircraft has established temperature and weather condition requirements.

As far as inbound flight to icing conditions, there is no real preparation.
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RE: De-icing Conditions

Wed Nov 03, 2004 9:29 am

On the MD80, if the temp is below 50F in high humidity, or visible precip, or frost on the bottom of the wing, a tactile inspection must be made of the top of the wing and appropriate action must be taken. Be it deice or anti-ice.
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RE: De-icing Conditions

Wed Nov 03, 2004 1:48 pm

Visible precip or high humidity and close to freezing temps usually call for anti-ice.

Aircraft are anti-iced/de-iced enroute by aircraft systems. Rarely is there a concern for an aircraft flying into icing conditions, as long as the aircraft is working properly and the crew respond to the conditions properly.

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