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Why flying and snow storms don’t mix

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(Written last year by Patrick Smith of Salon but in response to interest in CNN's Daniel Fahl's squawk.) Low visibilities, strong crosswinds, slick runways, potential icing — all of these things spell trouble for pilots and cause horrendous air-traffic backlogs. But, as a rule, they aren’t phenomena that airplanes or their crews can’t handle. Generally, it’s not the in-the-air aspects of a snowstorm that cause chaos, it’s the on-the-ground aspects. Runways and taxiways need to be… (www.salon.com) More...

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HunterTS4
Toby Sharp 0
anyone suprised about this title? c'mon here
JetBlastSST
joe hoeft 0
ummm hmmm well ive seen worse squaks
i mean this is first grade piloting...:)
canuck44
canuck44 0
Like everything else it is all a matter of practice and the Florida driver tends to do poorly in northern winter climates...even though half of us grew up there. Airports like YYZ tend to stay open from equipment and equipment operators that are well coordinated with the ops world. If we have a rare snow in the South and backhoes are the only available equipment expect delays to await the arrival of Mr. Sun.

Winter in Halifax was always an aviation challenge as alternating and/or simultaneous mixtures of fog, freezing rain and snow kept everyone working overtime. Global Warming of course will cure all these problems.

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