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How to Safely Fly During the Winter Season

When operating an aircraft privately or commercially, it is essential that you are aware of all the potential factors that may alter the safety and efficiency of planes and their assemblies. For example, winter weather can very much change how aircraft are operated, maintained, and even stored based on how conditions are. While one does not need to fully stow away their aircraft until the spring, it is important that pilots are aware of the steps that may be taken to guarantee safe and comfortable flights even in harsh conditions.

As temperatures begin to drop, one of the first steps you should take is changing your oil regardless of whether the aircraft will be operated or stored. Changing oil earlier is much better than when the very low January and February temperatures ensue, and it can allow you to quickly implement an oil that is most suitable for such weather conditions. If corrosion is a concern, a corrosion-resistant additive may be added for preservation. Beyond protection, replacing old oil will also remove any dirt or contamination that has collected prior. Various parts should also be lubricated with proper oils or substances.

Once oil is changed, the exterior of the aircraft should be cleaned off to remove any build-up as moisture may already collect and freeze in flight during cold months. Waxing the exterior can assist in repelling ice and snow, and windows should also be cleaned and polished. Aside from such practices, various anti-icing or deicing systems and solutions can also be relied on for further protection.

Single-engine aircraft and larger models regularly use heating systems to raise cabin temperatures and deter the freezing of moisture, and these systems will need to be checked prior to flying so that any issues can be attended to. As a crack or distortion may even lead to certain risks like carbon monoxide poisoning, conducting regular inspections is essential.

The battery is another section that may be affected by cold temperatures, with the weather often lowering the health and integrity of such devices. To ensure that batteries are not dead when it is time to fly, the main battery should be tested before the winter months ensue. Batteries should also be replaced as needed for pilot headsets, carbon monoxide detectors, flashlights, and other equipment. Lastly, as batteries slowly drain even when not in use, stored aircraft should have their batteries attached to a trickle charger every few weeks to uphold the device’s lifespan and performance.

Aside from these various tips as suggestions, pilots should always ensure that they are well prepared for any issue or setback that may occur during harsher months. This may include purchasing winter clothing, having blankets in case of a heating issue, making a game plan for if your aircraft becomes grounded, regularly checking tire air pressure, and much more. The better you prepare for the effects of winter months, the more likely you will have a great flying or storage season with little headache.

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December 2, 2022

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