Prepping Deicers For Winter

Cold weather and snow may make the holidays seem more magical, but it also creates a host of challenges for those of us in the aviation field.

One of those challenges is safe flight operations. While driving on snow and ice may be hard enough, it wreaks aerodynamic havoc on an aircraft’s control surfaces.

In many geographic locations, however, the deicing unit may sit idle for many months out of the year.

Let’s address some of the items that should be inspected before the unit begins the winter tour of duty. First of all, it’s a good idea to give the unit a thorough PMI. Once a basic service and inspection are complete (changing the primary and secondary engine’s oil and filters, fuel filters, etc.), we can then focus on the more specialized components



The following is a short list of some of the items that should be inspected: