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Bad weather and the fear of flying

Each year in europe when the weather is ‘bad’ I get a lot of enquiries about the safety aspects of flying.

Snow clearing

The first thing to remember is that the chaos that we get on the roads is caused mainly by bad driving and secondly by the actual road conditions. There is no comparison with flying.

Part of a pilots training and re-current training is toensure that their knowledge and competences to operate in poor weather is maintained. This is done by information bulletins , reminders and simulator training.

The airports of course have to be maintained to minimum standards for planes to use them. So runways and taxiways are kept clear  and in much better condition than the roads.

Newtons Laws numbers one to three mean that there is less chance of a plane skidding than a motor car. Motor cars are always  turning braking and accelerating….which is when wheels skid and control can be lost.

It’s all been thought about … so if you have a fear of flying in winter conditions then it’s time to relax and leave it to the well trained crews who fly you.

 

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