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Questions about ice formation on aircraft, which degrades performance.

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Why is carburetor heat use discouraged on the ground?

I've been reading my private pilot books for when I start in February and Carb Heat has me stuck in a rut. I feel like I need to have a very solid understanding of this being that I live in a very ...
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Why would a canard wing be more prone to icing than a stabilizer?

Someone said a canard wing is more prone to icing than a stabilizer. If true, what would explain this?
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What is the process to remove frost off an airliner? [duplicate]

My aunt recently was going on a flight home and she boarded the flight, but her flight was delayed due to frost on the aircraft. She noticed this crane like device above the aircraft wing during the ...
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What common forms of deice and anti-ice exist and what future alternatives are being researched?

For the leading edges of aircraft's flight surfaces, there are a few more common deice and anti-ice methods available. What are the most common systems? What are the alternatives? Is there any ...
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How to get out of icing conditions asap?

We all know certain weather can cause ice to form on an aircraft, and the danger it poses. Obviously the best way is to avoid flying near these areas in the first place. Let's say I happen to fly ...
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Why do some commercial flights start off unpressurized?

In this video, the B738 starts takes off without the plane's pressurization system engaged. The video specifically notes that the craft is being pressurized fairly soon after the takeoff has happened....
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How do large airliners de-ice in flight?

How do large airliners de-ice their surfaces in midair? In smaller planes like the ATR or the caravan there are deicing boots as per picture: How is this achieved on bigger aircraft, as there seems ...
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Where does ice collect first on a wing in flight and why?

I've seen some reports that say ice forms on the back half of the wing and on the outside edge of the wing (the part furthest from the body) before it will form anywhere else. I'm wondering if this ...
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Why is full carb heat recommended when reducing power below normal setting?

In my first flight lesson today, my instructor asked me to apply full carburetor heat when we had to reduce power to 1900 RPM in our Cessna 152. I was surprised by this as I didn't remember learning ...
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Is freezing of windows normal in airlines?

Recently I was flying on an Airbus A320. While cruising around 37,000 feet, I noticed half of the glass on the window had frozen. But it was a thin layer of ice. Was it anything to be concerned about?...
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How does induction ice form in and affect jet engines?

Recently someone talked to me about the possibility of induction ice on the engine: He told me that because of conditions around fan and compressor blades (mainly because of pressure and temperature) ...
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Are aircraft with counter-rotating props or Down Between Engines less likely to develop asymmetric icing?

It is suggested by some (and somewhat substantiated) that twin-engine propeller aircraft which do not have counter-rotating props (all modern regional turboprops are this way) can develop asymmetric ...
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Is there any disadvantage to having the de-icing system on?

I was watching Mayday S11E02 about West Caribbean airways flight 708 and the pilots turned off the de-icing system partway through the flight. It's not why it crashed, but I was curious as to if there ...
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Why doesn't frost form on a moving airplane?

When I was a young student pilot, long before the FAA prohibition on polished frost went into effect, an instructor left a six-inch square of frost on the wing to demonstrate how fast it would ...
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Will an aircraft always crash on take-off if de-icing is not performed correctly?

I recognise the Daily Mail's propensity to adulterate and colour news, but are these user comments about the UAL951 flight on 29 Dec 2014 correct? The Daily Mail claims: A United Airlines plane ...
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Is on-board equipment for in-flight de-icing also used on the ground?

Aircraft operating in icy conditions are equipped with de-icing equipment to remove ice from specific parts of the aircraft (wing, sensors,...) in flight. When there is snow or icy conditions while ...
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What would happen to a flying aeroplane if there's suddenly a brick-size hailstorm?

What would happen to a flying aeroplane if suddenly there is hail in the sky? For example, ice the size of a brick.
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Is it legal to take off with an iced windscreen?

Looking at this video on Youtube, I'm wondering if it is actually legal to take off with a windscreen iced like that? For VFR this is a no go, but what about IFR and under what conditions?
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Why do only some aircraft require tail anti-icing?

Why do some aircraft require anti-icing on the tail while others (Dassault Falcon Jets, Boeing 737, 747, etc.) don't?
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How do you handle frost on a plane?

If you plan to fly on a cold morning and there is frost on the plane, what needs to be done? Do you have to remove the frost from the windows? wings? tail? fuselage? How should you remove a thick ...
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