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AOPA ONLINE Aircraft icing Winter flying can be some of the most beautiful. That cold, crisp air makes for smooth flying conditions and the sky is a brilliant, clear blue.

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Aircraft icing

Winter flying can be some of the most beautiful. That cold, crisp air makes for smooth flying conditions and the sky is a brilliant, clear blue. When the skies turn cloudy, however, the potential for icing dramatically increases, and an icing encounter is a pilot's worst nightmare. AOPA's online subject report on cold-weather operations includes a section on aircraft icing. This section features articles by AOPA Pilot weather guru Thomas A. Horne. With more than 30 years of weather-flying experience, Horne addresses many weather-situation scenarios and can educate pilots about icing conditions. In "Wx Watch" columns such as "Ice Fighters: Weaponry for the Ice Wars" and "Escaping the Frozen Zone," Horne examines the strengths and weaknesses of ice-protection systems and offers an out for pilots entering an icing situation. This online section also includes articles by other AOPA experts and is your source for winter-flying information.

For more information on icing and other winter-weather scenarios, visit the Web site.

New AOPA member discount

The cost of aircraft renters insurance has just been reduced for AOPA members, thanks to the efforts of AOPA and the AOPA Insurance Agency. "AOPA members will now receive a 5-percent discount on new renters insurance policies," said Greg Sterling, AOPA Insurance Agency executive vice president and general manager. The new AOPA member discount allows members to carry a nonowned-aircraft policy for as little as $90.

"As the largest light-aircraft insurance agency in the country, we were able to work with a major A-rated underwriter to offer this exclusive AOPA member discount," said Sterling. The member discount will apply to new and renewing policyholders. Members who renew their nonowned-aircraft policy can obtain an additional 10-percent discount if they were violation- and accident free in the previous policy year.

Visit the Web site to apply and purchase your renters insurance or call 800/622-2672 for more information.

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Before your next flight, visit www.asf.org to brush up on weather, airspace, engine and propeller maintenance, aircraft icing, spatial disorientation, and many other aviation topics that you need to know. Find the latest information on FAA regulations, high density altitude, weather, airspace, IFR regulations, and much more. Join the thousands of pilots who are viewing this information daily.

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