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Ice Week

Accident Case Study: Airframe Icing

Ride along for this chilling re-creation and analysis of an accident that occurred when the pilot of a Cirrus SR22 encountered unforecast icing over the Sierra Nevada mountains.

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Recorded Webinar: Cold Weather Ops

Whether it's cold where you live or you're just planning on flying to chillier climates, join AOPA Foundation president Bruce Landsberg and panelists John Ponts (Pilot on "Flying Wild Alaska") and Andy Marosvari (ATC, Boise Tower) for a wide-ranging discussion of the ways cold weather can affect your flying. From practical matters like starting and taxiing to potentially life-saving issues like icing and runway braking action, we'll cover what you need to know to stay safe when the mercury drops.

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Weather Wise Online Course: Precipitation and Icing

Too many pilots underestimate the dangers of precipitation and icing—and an alarming number become accident statistics as a result. Take this course to learn how to recognize the hazards of precipitation and ice, develop a strategy for avoidance, and react appropriately if you encounter unexpected conditions.

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Pilot Safety Announcement: It's a Drag

Sometimes it's not smart to dress in layers.

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Safety Advisor: Aircraft Icing

Winter flying brings the potential for encountering icing conditions in flight. Do you know how to anticipate areas of probable icing? Is your aircraft's anti-icing equipment enough to provide safe flight through ice-laden air? How can you know if your aircraft is accumulating ice on areas you can't see—like the propeller or the tail? This Safety Advisor discusses icing and provides tips on how to avoid this potentially deadly foe.

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Safety Advisor: Aircraft Deicing and Anti-icing Equipment

If you shell out thousands of dollars for deicing equipment—whether on a new airplane or retrofitted to an existing older aircraft—you should reasonably expect your investment to see you safely through icy clouds or other freezing precipitation, right?

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Cold Facts: Wing Contamination (Safety Brief)

During the last 10 years, there have been over 30 accidents on takeoff as a result of wing contamination by snow, frost, and ice. A few simple steps during preflight could have easily prevented these accidents.

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Accident Case Study: Delayed Reaction

On December 20, 2011, a Socata TBM-700 impacted the southbound lanes of I-287 near Morristown, New Jersey after plunging nearly 18,000 feet in less than a minute. In this case study, we piece together the events that led to the tragic loss of an entire family, and discuss what we as pilots can learn from them.

Approx. 15 minutes

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Safety Quiz: Ice Flight

No matter the aircraft, all have their limitations and none are completely immune from icing. This is especially true for GA aircraft not approved for “known icing.” Take a flight up the East Coast in an IFR-equipped Cessna 172RG and consider what you would do when faced with the icing conditions on this flight.

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Flying the Weather: Airframe Icing

Hear from weather expert and AOPA Pilot Magazine writer, Tom Horne, on the dangers of flight into “known icing” conditions and what you can do to escape those conditions with your life.

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Airframe Ice: Avoidance and Escape (Webinar)

Whether you’re new to flying or a seasoned aviator, join AOPA Foundation president Bruce Landsberg and special guests for an engaging discussion about practical steps that can be taken to identify, plan for, and escape the deadly hazards of airframe icing.

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Known Icing, Known Risk (Webinar)

Do you ever read accident reports and wonder “what were they thinking?” Is that 20/20 hindsight talking, or would you have made a better decision in the same situation? In this Ice Week webinar, "Known Icing, Known Risk," Air Safety Institute Senior Vice Present George Perry and NWS Aviation Weather Center’s Warning Coordination Meteorologist Pat Murphy walk you through a case study in which a pilot makes a fatal decision to fly during known icing conditions, despite his own analysis and warnings from a weather briefer. You’ll also learn how to assess icy conditions in a forecast so you can have your own “hindsight” before your next flight.


Ambushed by Ice

For Dean Clark, the flight was old-hat: a familiar route, a trusted airplane, and no serious weather in the forecast. But that didn’t keep him from picking up enough ice to nearly bring down his Cessna 182.

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