For every 10-degree drop in temperature, the pressure in your tires can also drop about 1-2 psi per tire. So a tire properly inflated in the summertime will generally be under inflated in the winter if not checked frequently. Be sure to check those tires on a regular basis not only for proper inflation but for tread depth, too.
Now if you’re lucky enough to work in Alaska or perhaps another glacial region of the world a rather unique foe in the winter time is “glacial dust.” Pat warns that this dust (a very fine particulate) can be very abrasive. Because of its fine grain it is easily transported through the air and as a result it can penetrate even the best protected systems. Keeping a close watch on your air filters, oil filters and any other filtering system is, therefore, very important. Regular changes of these filters will aid in a longer service life of the equipment.
Cold weather operations are common in many areas across this globe. Operations personnel and mechanics battle this foe every year and win because they are prepared through thoughtful preventative maintenance programs that support their organizations.
With just a few simple steps your preventative maintenance program can be effective in getting your equipment ready for cold weather operations so take a moment to review your program, and you’ll have a smooth winter operation.
Editor's Note: Brett Barrett passed away on Jan. 16 of cancer. He was station manager for the Salt Lake City, UT, station for Matheson Flight Extenders. According to his obit, he is survived by his wife and four children. Not surprisingly for someone charged with keeping GSE in tip-top shape, Barrett traveled to car shows to show off his Dodge Challenger with 932 horsepower.
There are different considerations when preparing an aircraft for winter depending on whether the owner/operator plans to operate the aircraft during the winter months or just store it.
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