- Remember the value of recurrent training. It's not mandatory but it could save your life.
- When GA pilots think of the perils of winter flying most think of icing. But most winter accidents are not caused by icing. So while icing is something to watch out for---most GA aircraft simply do not have the power to get out of encounters with serious ice---there are many other "gotchas" that pilots should be aware of.
- When considering information (reports on braking, icing, airport runway conditions), always consider the source. e.g. Braking reports from a vehicle (truck) driving down the runway may not be particularly useful to you.
- Consider the effect of winter weather (snow, slush, ice, etc.) on all phases of flight---taxi, run-up, take-off, climb, cruise, descent, landing and taxi---not just the cruise phase of flight. There is no substitute for local intel---call the airport ahead to make sure it's open and what sort of condition it is in.
- Consider the terrain you will be flying over. Bring appropriate gear.
- Be careful about places where water might collect and freeze---it will seriously affect W&B and flight characteristics.
- And remove ALL frost.
We hope to have Tim back in the spring as a guest speaker. So if you missed him this time, be sure to join us the next time.