As long as you stay clear of visible moisture it is unlikely you will experience icing but take note of the
temperature/dew point spread before you fly. The closer they are, the less temperature change required
for that water vapour to become full saturated and condense into visible moisture. If you find yourself
with a reducing visibility in visible moisture and a below freezing temperature it’s time to land.
With warmer temperatures it’s also tempting to leave off the winter covers in an effort to save a little
time. If you show up in the morning to find icing on any critical surfaces it has to be removed before
flight. This will take a lot longer than taking off a few covers and your customer has no interest in
sitting in the bush while you wait for the temperature to go above zero and melt the ice.
It’s always a good idea to get a little preheat for your engine as well. Plus 10° Celsius may feel warm to
you but it’s not for your engine that likes to work around 350° C. Warm up your engine before every
start and you’ll get many more hours of trouble free flying from it.
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