Flying during the winter season can be one of the most spectacular experiences there is. Especially so in mountain areas when everything is white capped.
But winter time means that we have to take special preparations to safeguard ourselves and the aircraft from the cold, so that flying remains fun even in the cold season and does not become a life threatening situation.
The FAA has compiled an advisory circular describing the atmospheric conditions related to icing, its effects and how to detect and protect against ice. Also, flight planning is discussed and operation in icing conditions.
Pilot Guide: Flight in Icing Conditions.
Excerpt from the document:
This advisory circular (AC) contains updated and additional information for the pilots of airplanes under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) parts 91, 121, 125, and 135.
The purpose of this AC is to provide pilots with a convenient reference guide on the principal factors related to flight in icing conditions and the location of additional information in related publications.
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