S85 Aircraft Icing in Alaska

Sunday, 7 January 2018
Exhibit Hall 5 (ACC) (Austin, Texas)
Cameron Andrew Hoover, United States Air Force Academy, USAFA, CO

Aircraft icing is a major danger for planes flying in winter conditions. Without appropriate forecasts pilots might not be prepared to fly in these conditions, which can lead to aircraft damage or the loss of life. Through my research I am studying the accuracy of the icing forecasts over Alaska provided by the National Weather Service. I compared these to the PIREPS provided to the Aviation Weather Service. I collected PIREPS reported to both Fairbanks International Airport and Anchorage International Airport.
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