Fall is just around the corner, and the days are getting shorter. Here’s what you should be thinking about the next time you head out for a flight…
1) Lowering freezing levels
As the temperature drops, so does the freezing level. If you’re planning to go IFR, make sure your route of flight won’t pass through any icing hazards.
2) Earlier sunsets
FAR 91.57 says you must have logged three landings to a full stop from the time starting one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise in order to carry passengers at night. If you aren’t night current and you’re carrying passengers, you need to be on the ground before that time.
3) Is your plane warm enough for run-up?
Your aircraft’s oil can take quite awhile to get into the green arc. Make sure it’s warm enough before you start your run-up.
4) Bird migration
This can be huge safety concern for pilots. If you have a close encounter with birds, let ATC know so they can inform other pilots.
5) Survival gear
You’ve been wearing shorts all summer, but how comfortable would you be if you had to overnight in your plane in the middle of October? Make sure you have warm clothes and boots with you.
What else should you be considering as it gets colder? Tell us in the comments below.
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