OPERATING ON SNOW

Several factors critical to landing or taking off from snow-covered runways are reviewed, and recommendations for safe operation on such runways are made. The major concerns with landing on a snow covered runway are maintaining directional control and stopping before the aircraft reaches the end of the runway. A short field approach and an immediate go-around is recommended if the glide angle, airspeed or conditions in general are not satisfactory. It is wise to stay off brakes as long as possible after touching down and only tap them if they need to be used. It is also recommended that props be returned to forward pitch when the snow starts to swirl; the rapid application of reverse pitch or thrust can induce a skid. Carrying a deicing compound is advised, as well as the removal of wheel pants from a single engine model before operating on snow. Correcting a skid is best accomplished by a simultaneous burst of power from all engines and an application or rudder. Some pilots make an investigative landing to check braking action, then go around if braking is unsatisfactory. The most effective deceleration device at speeds above 100 knots are spoilers, reverse thrust or pitch and flaps. Takeoff aborts are also discussed. Careful preflight check, taxiing slowly on the way to the runway, using positive power while dragging the brakes if taxiing downwind, and the need for engine runup and prop checks while taxiing are noted.

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    Ziff Davis Publishing Company

    1 Park Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10016
  • Authors:
    • Bruder Jr, G
  • Publication Date: 1978-11

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  • Accession Number: 00189732
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Business and Commercial Aviation Magazine
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 11 1979 12:00AM