Why Winter Flying is Hazardous

 

Winter Flying Safety

While flying can be a thrilling activity, you will want to ensure that you do it safely, especially with the many hazards of winter flying. At Sheffield School of Aeronautics, our home of Fort Lauderdale may not experience winter weather like the rest of the United States, but it is important to understand the hazards associated with flying in the cold weather.

Obviously with winter comes a drastic change in weather for those outside of Fort Lauderdale and the Sunshine State. This means snow, sleet, freezing rain, and hail, or just another factor you need to be mindful of while in the air. Even if you are living in Fort Lauderdale, you will still need to know the hazards of winter flying. At Sheffield School of Aeronautics, we will teach you these skills even if you only ever need sunglasses.

 

Winter Flying Visibility

These dangerous winter forms of precipitation can affect visibility when winter flying. It can be hard to see when a snowstorm is right outside and ice is creeping up your window. While you probably do not need to worry about hitting anything while you are in the air, this decreased visibility also makes it harder to land safely.

 

Landing and Taking Off in Winter Weather

Along with the pilot’s visibility, the wet runway can create a challenge, as the ground can become slippery. Whether you are landing or taking off, a slippery runway can be dangerous, and can also be a pilot’s nightmare. If you have ever driven a car in the snow, you know that braking in winter weather can be a daunting and dangerous task. Imagine doing that same thing but with a plane, going much faster. Ice can be a deadly hazard if you do not know how to approach it properly.

 

Plane’s Engine During Winter

If you have driven in the snow, then you have probably noticed that starting your car in the cold weather can be a bit finicky as well. Some cars can be temperamental when it comes to cold weather, and it can take them a few extra minutes to get the engine going properly. The same thing can happen with planes. Cold weather can be tough on the plane’s engine. It is best to store them in a warm hanger if possible, to avoid the trouble of starting a cold engine or having troubles with winter flying.

 

 

The best way to ensure that you are flying safely is to work with an established team of professionals. If you are ready to learn how to read the weather conditions and fly safely, contact our aeronautics school. We will get you soaring in no time!

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