Slip Sliding Away, Part 3

A runway’s condition may still be compromised after snowplows have cleared snow. Sunlight and warming temperatures can turn the remaining snow into a slushy mixture. This mixture can lessen an aircraft’s braking and directional control. In addition, slush getting sprayed up into flaps and landing gear can prevent proper functioning during subsequent retraction. Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force
Now that we’ve discussed how much distance you’ll need for takeoff from a contaminated runway, we’ll discuss some additional considerations. Even if the runway has sufficient length to satisfy the contaminated runway takeoff length requirements, there are special procedures to remember when...
Patrick Veillette, Ph.D.

Upon his retirement as a non-routine flight operations captain from a fractional operator in 2015, Dr. Veillette had accumulated more than 20,000 hours of flight experience in 240 types of aircraft—including balloons, rotorcraft, sea planes, gliders, war birds, supersonic jets and large commercial transports. He is an adjunct professor at Utah Valley University.

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