Winter Operations 2019 / 2020

During Winter 2018 / 2019 de-icing MOR data showed primary error factors as 65% ramp services and 30% aerodrome. Of these errors 70% were detected by the pilot, 14% by ground crew, and 11% by cabin crew.

Considerations when preparing for Winter operations:

  • Sources of information to use, particularly for hold-over times
  • Specific issues associated with your operation and aircraft
    – Permitted contamination
    – Permitted fluids
    – Refreezing of some fluids
    – Effects on aircraft of runway / taxiway de-icing substances
    – Contaminated runway performance
  • Updating documentation / Operations Manuals
  • Training / retraining staff
  • Serviceability of de-icing / anti-icing equipment
  • Service level agreements
  • Snow plans at aerodromes used
  • Using your SMS to evaluate Winter Operations