How do they deice airplanes?


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My dad is a pilot — private planes only — so I have absorbed a good bit of info over the years about airplanes and flying. However, we both have always lived in the South where deicing planes isn't an everyday occurrence. Next time I hear about flight delays due to deicing, I'll be even more grateful that I live where it's generally sunny and warm, and will thank those chemists who've created the compounds that make airplane travel safer and safer.

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  • Federal Aviation Administration. "International De/Anti-icing Chapter." August 2008. (March 7, 2015) http://www.faa.gov/other_visit/aviation_industry/airline_operators/airline_safety/deicing/media/standardized_international_ground_deice_program.pdf
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