Decontaminate your Aircraft: Best Practices to Remove Ice

Just in time for cold weather and winter operations to start, below are a few ways to deice aircraft.

Deicing is defined as “the procedure by which ice, frost, slush, or snow is removed from the aircraft.” Contaminants can attach to aircraft from the typical freezing rain, snow, sleet, etc., but it can also come from runways, taxiways, or ramps, affecting the landing gear and lower parts of the aircraft. It is important to note that even if conditions show no current precipitation, blowing snow can get packed in small areas of the aircraft such as the static system sensing ports. In order to ensure compliance with the Clean Aircraft Concept, it is imperative that a thorough contamination check is completed before takeoff.


If there are contaminants detected on the aircraft, the following are common deice methods:

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