Hello all, this is my first ever feature request so do tell me if I’m doing something wrong. Anyway here goes:
REALISTIC ICING CONDITIONS
Firstly, what am I on about?
I’m on about ice building up on leading aircraft edges, which would like in real life cause a stall.
What is ice build up and how does it work
Say you’re flying in northern Russia, or Alaska, somewhere really cold, where the temperature is well below 0 degrees. We all know that 0°C is the freezing point of water. However, if the water is very pure i.e. if its condensed and there is nothing for the water to freeze on, so clouds basically, it can be sustained below the freezing point, hence why you don’t get clouds in winter turning into massive ice cubes and dropping out the sky.
As soon as a plane flies through such a cloud, the water in the clouds has something to latch and freeze onto: the leading edges of the wings, nose, tail and rudder.
This then causes a build up of ice, changing the shape of the wings, thus causing a change in the aerodynamics of the aircraft, and altering the capability of lift such that in some cases, you may lose it entirely and go out of control.
An example of this is Continental Express Flight 3407, which crashed in Buffalo, NY in 2009 on a 5 mile final after a build up of ice, forcing the Dash 8 to lose control and dive into a house, killing all 48 passengers and crew and one person in the house.
The reason I’ve thought about this topic in the first place is because I managed to takeoff a C172 in solo mode, at a Russian airport, set the temperature to -90°C and managed to easily climb to 15000ft (service ceiling for 172) and cruise without problems…
I was thinking as a solution to the ice build up, to simply have a de-ice button on planes that have it that would get rid of it.
I understand this would mean a lotttttttt of work on many planes on IF, as the physics of how they fly in certain temperatures would have to be changed and I’m in no way saying this is a top priority feature we need, but I’m just throwing the topic out there, and who knows, maybe one day we’ll have it.
Let me know what you think and if I’ve done something wrong. Blue skies!