Author Topic: Winter Take Offs  (Read 663 times)

Ron Lessley

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Winter Take Offs
« on: January 03, 2010, 06:49:42 AM »
Does anyone have any Bonanza/Baron experience from taking off on a winter day with slush on the runway? I have heard that the gear doors could freeze up after retraction. Has this ever happen to any one?

Dick Druschel

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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2010, 12:02:16 PM »
Ron, I think this question could apply to all kinds of retractable gear airplanes. I flew Citation Xs and Gulfstream Vs and a good variety in between. Our policy during slushy runway takeoffs was to delay gear retraction somewhat so that the slipstream could strip away the slush and moisture thrown up during the takeoff roll. Sometimes we would also cycle the gear once or twice during climb out. I never experienced a problem with frozen gear, brakes or gear doors.  Dick

Jeff Guttenberger

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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2010, 08:03:36 AM »
Ditto on Dick's advice. Leave the gear down for a few minutes. Cycle the gear a few times. Should be go to go.

Ron Lessley

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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2010, 09:16:04 AM »
Thanks Dick & Jeff. I heard the same advice plus don't tap the brakes. Thank you answering.