Winter Operations and Cold Temperature Restricted Airports

Our new Winter Operations course is here, just in time for that cool fall weather to begin. We've been hard at work ensuring that our courses cover all applicable regulatory and procedural requirements to provide you with the best training possible.

To that end, Winter Operations includes an animated tutorial with seven modules, accompanying lessons, and a comprehensive exam. The course covers regulatory requirements in regards to cold weather operations, ground and in-flight icing conditions, effects of icing on aircraft performance, as well as fluid types, holdover tables, deicing/anti-icing procedures, runway contamination/landing distances, and Cold Temperature Restricted Airports.

New this year, due in part to cold-weather induced altitude errors and a focus on safe operational practices, the FAA developed a list of Cold Temperature Restricted Airports and procedures to ensure the safety of flight. This list and associated operating procedures may be found in the Notice to Airmen Publication (NTAP), Part 4, Graphic Notices, Section 1.

Altitude errors can be dangerous during approaches, especially if cold temperatures result in an error bringing the aircraft below the Required Obstacle Clearance. To avoid this, when flying into listed airports pilots will be required to add a correction to specified approach segments when the reported temperature is at or below the restricted temperature. A snowflake symbol will be placed on the approach plates for affected airports to indicate the list should be reviewed to determine which segments require altitude corrections.

Compliance with the temperature correction procedures at selected airports is required. It should be noted that temperatures for Cold Temperature Restricted Airports are completely separate from the temperatures published on RNAV approaches, which must be followed, even if they are warmer than the temperature listed with the snowflake symbol.

Our Cold Temperature Restricted Airports training module was developed to conform with InFO 15002 and the Cold Temperature Restricted Airports NOTAM and to comply with all applicable Federal Regulations. Pilots should determine similar requirements for foreign countries when flying internationally.

Winter Operations may be purchased separately or as a part of a custom-tailored training package. You can also take a look at our extensive library of training subjects by clicking here, to find the training package that best suits your needs. If you're interested in adding Winter Operations to your current training program or perhaps as part of a complete training package, give us a call at 316-265-1585 for more information or to set up a demo for any of our products. We look forward to hearing from you.