Ice in Aviation

What is ice and what role does it play in Aviation?

Ice usually forms when the temperature of water falls or cools down to below 0 degrees Celsius/32 Fahrenheit. In aviation, there are a couple of different types of icing, that can dangerously affect the airplane.

 Types of icing include:

Clear Ice


Forms when big water droplets hit the leading edge of a wing. Because of their size they won't freeze 

immediately after impact, but spread backward to the trailing edge instead. Freezing occurs rather slowly while spreading over the wing's upper surface giving them a more/less clear apperance. It is hard to get rid of this kind of icing.  


Rime Ice









Mixed Ice