Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Safety Tidbit - Removing Frost

We all know that we are supposed to remove all frost from aircraft surfaces before flight. But with high-wing aircraft like Cessnas, that can be quite a chore.  The best thing to do is to pull the plane into a warm hangar for an hour or so before flight, but that's not always possible.

Here's a great tip from Tim McSwain's presentation at last week's general meeting. Carry a length of thick gauge rope with you in the back of the airplane. Drape the rope over the wing at the fuselage end. Stand under the wing and grab the ends of the rope in each hand.  Now while gently pulling the rope across the wing, walk the length of the wing.

Will have to give it a try when one cold crisp morning this winter.

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