Re: Snow on wings

From:         gsmoff@Mcs.Net (Gary S. Moffitt)
Organization: MCSNet Internet Services
Date:         02 Jun 96 23:01:51 
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In article <airliners.1996.682@ohare.Chicago.COM>, whodgins@axess.com (W.
Hodgins) wrote:

> Some time ago I was a passenger on a DC-9 flight out of Toronto in
> January as I recall. Looking out the window, I noticed a fair amount
> of snow on the wings...it was not removed and the aircraft took off
> with snow blowing off the wings as speed increased.
> I used to fly light aircraft in the early 70's and if I recall
> correctly we were supposed to ensure that nothing, not even frost,
> should be allowed to accumulate on the wings.
> What is the criteria for large jets...is an accumulation of light snow
> normally acceptable ?

According to FARs no aircraft is supposed to be allowed to take off with
snow or ice adhering to the wings, the size of the aircraft makes no
difference.

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Gary S. Moffitt