Operating a fleet of advanced ᴀɪʀᴄʀᴀғᴛ is difficult enough without severe weather creating a host of new challenges. Ice and snow in particular can wreak havoc on ᴀɪʀᴄʀᴀғᴛ systems and the plane’s ability to fly.
Due to the disruption of airflow over the wing and tailᴀɪʀᴄʀᴀғᴛ can experience decreased levels of lift and increased drag.
Both frost and ice can increase the overall weight of the ᴀɪʀᴄʀᴀғᴛ as well affecting its maneuverability and in some cases causing unexpected vibrations by causing the plane to become unbalanced.
Last but not least, icing can negatively impact engines carburetors antennas and other major systems in various ways. Discover more in video below: