Big thanks to Kurt Blankenship, NASA Glenn Research Center's Lead Icing Research Test Pilot, for taking the time to speak to us about icing and John Marinaro, Director - Technical Excellence at NASA and part time flight instructor for T&G, for making this event happen. We had just over 100 people present to soak up the useful and timely information!
• Touch the engine during pre-flight to see if it is cold
• Prime Cessnas 6 shots & Pipers 10 shots
• With key not in ignition and mixture lean, pull the prop through 4 compression strokes before you try to start (two full revolutions)
• Pump the throttle 3 full strokes before starting
• Crack throttle open normal amount – ¼ inch
• Do Not push throttle open as engine starts (leave throttle at normal idle – 1000 RPM)
• Leave primer open and ready to push in another shot of prime if engine starts to falter
• Do Not crank engine more than 3 or 4 revolutions (5 seconds). If it does not start after two of these short tries – STOP and think about what you may not have done properly.
• Let engine warm up for 30 seconds at low RPM (~1,000 RPM) before you start to taxi – put primer back to locked position
• If in doubt about any winter operations call a FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR or maintenance personnel.
• Preheat engine if outside air temperature is below 15 degrees or you did not get a start after 4 short cranks of 5 seconds each
• During preflight, please refrain from putting flaps down due to strain on the battery. Check flap operation during run ups. DO NOT RUN THE BATTERY DOWN!!
• Have fun and enjoy the increased performance in the colder air!
Oh, and remember to schedule your airplane :)