…Winter Reminder Issued…


Winter weather is on the minds of the leaders of three major business aviation organizations. The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) have jointly signed a letter to their members reminding them of the extra precautions needed for cold-weather flying. NBAA President Ed Bolen said the organizations felt it appropriate to “inform or remind aircraft operators about the industry-leading practices” to prevent winter flying accidents. A glance out the window to check for frost or ice on the wings isn’t enough, according to the letter. Where practical, pilots are urged to run their hands over the wings to make sure they’re clear. Also, even if it is otherwise permitted, the groups want operators to refuse to allow their planes to take off with smooth or polished frost on the wings and tail. The letter recommends that flight crews be supported in their decisions to delay or cancel flights because of weather and that operators not refuse deicing simply because of cost. The groups also want cold-weather operations to be part of the company’s flight operations manual.