Pilots who believe an expensive new deicing system will make it legal and safe to tackle icy winter skies could be wrong, according to a new AOPA Air Safety Foundation Safety Advisor. "Deicing equipment now being installed as a factory option on many new airplanes can be a wonderful safety enhancement, but unless it's FAA-certified for flight in icing conditions, the margin of safety a pilot thinks he's getting might not really be there," said ASF Executive Director Bruce Landsberg. "In addition, an illegal icy-weather flight might very well land the pilot in FAA hot water." The new 24-page ASF Aircraft Deicing and Anti-icing Equipment Safety Advisor explains the difference between deicing and anti-icing systems that are FAA-certified and those that simply meet the FAA's "non-hazard" standards. Click here to download the document.
October 8, 2004