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)
  • Fahl, Daniel. "Airplane Deicing: The How and Why." CNN. Dec. 22, 2010. (March 7, 2015)
  • Ritter, Steve. "What's that stuff?" Chemical & Engineering News. Vol. 79, no. 1. Page 30. Jan. 1, 2001. (March 7, 2015)
  • Smith, Patrick. "The Deice Man Cometh." Ask the Pilot. (March 7, 2015)

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