Airframe Icing - Standard Operating Procedure

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INTRODUCTION

This SOP is recommended for moderate to severe icing conditions. It is not intended to substitute proper and thorough flight planning. Pilots of aircraft planning to conduct flight into known IMC icing conditions must comply with CAA directives and carry the proper and prescribed equipment to deal with ice accretion. Ice avoidance is still the best way to deal with airframe icing.

Aviate, Navigate, Communicate (Fly the aircraft, Navigate, Talk to ATC)

STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE

Immediately:

1 Increase power as appropriate
2 Only use small control inputs
3 Activate de-icing equipment (if available)
4 Maintain assigned track
5 Request descent from ATC
6 Monitor ice accretion

If descent not available on track:

7 Request alternative track to facilitate descent
8 Request radar vectoring away from terrain
9 Commence descent as per ATC clearance
10 Monitor ice accretion

If ice clears:

11 Resume normal operating procedures
12 Notify ATC of normal ops.

After landing:

13 Immediately check the aircraft for damage

NOTE FROM AUTHOR:

This procedure has proven very effective for me in the past. It should be effective even if you do not have de/anti icing equipment on your aircraft. However it must be noted that these SOP's should not replace published SOP's in your company. They are a guide for the use of the general aviation IFR pilot who may find themselves in trouble while in flight.

As earlier stated, these SOP's are in no way intended to replace proper and thorough flight planning. Pilots of aircraft planning to conduct flight into known IMC icing conditions must comply with CAA directives and carry the proper and prescribed equipment to deal with ice accretion. Ice avoidance is still the best way to deal with airframe icing.


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Aircop, October 2010


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