Saturday, December 25, 2010

Airplane Deicing: The How And Why

Did you know that deicing may involve two separate treatments? We didn't until we read what a pilot wrote in this CNN article.


* Snow and ice accumulation on a plane disrupts airflow across the aircraft's surface
* Deicing fluid removes ice and snow; it's made up primarily of a chemical called glycol
* A separate treatment, anti-icing, is used when precipitation is falling to prevent more buildup

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