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March 25, 2013
The resources listed below are provided as additional information to the AOPA Air Safety Foundation's Aircraft Deicing and Anti-icing Equipment Safety Advisor. The links below provide information on icing accident statistics, weather flying strategies, certification of aircraft, and suggestions on how to tell if your aircraft is approved for flight in known icing conditions.
To determine if an airplane has flight in icing conditions certification:
Not all airplanes that are approved for flight in icing were certificated to the same standards. Aircraft certificated before the mid-1960's were considered "approved for flight in known icing" when the airplane was equipped with a complement of certified ice protection equipment spelled out in operational requirements, such as Bureau of Flight Standards Release No. 434. In the AFMs of these airplanes you will find a list of equipment required for flight in (known) icing. It's important to know if your airplane is in this category because the operating rules for icing distinguish these airplanes from ones that were certificated for icing by showing compliance to the later rule, 23.1419 Amendment 23-14, which became effective in 1973.
Airplane AFMs will provide a list of equipment that must be installed and must be operational before a flight into icing conditions is undertaken.
If none of the above answers the question satisfactorily, the airplane type certificate data sheet (TCDS) may provide a definitive answer under "Certification Basis". This heading is included in every TCDS under the "Data Pertinent to all Models" heading situated near the end of each TCDS. If there's a reference to 23.1419 at amendment 23-14 or higher, or to 25.1419, or to section 34 of Special Federal Aviation Regulation 23 (SFAR23) the airplane is approved for flight into icing conditions.
Manufacturers of airplanes equipped with approved-for-icing-condition systems today are complying with the latest standards, which require the performance, stability and controllability during flight in icing conditions to comply with the non-icing standards used for the basic airplane. In the TCDS for these airplanes you will find reference to 23.1419 at amendment 23-43 or higher.
Pilot Safety and Skills
Your mission: Fly with eight F-15s to the Philippines, rejoin, refuel with air tankers, engage an unknown number of Red Air fighters, refuel again, and then return home to Okinawa. And fly with radio silence up to the first contact with the Red Air fighters.
The Aviation Safety Reporting System is a voluntary safety reporting program that allows airmen to make anonymous reports to the government about issues encountered in aviation, with anonymity allowing the airman to be candid–even when their actions may have been a violation of the regulations.
The pilots of an Atlas Air Boeing 747 Dreamlifter en route from John F. Kennedy International Airport to McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kan., mistakenly landed 8 nautical miles away at Colonel James Jabara Airport Nov. 20.
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