How do I de-ice my plane?
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How do I de-ice my plane?
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Prevention is always better than cure, and a hangar away from elements is the best starting point.
If that is not practical, a soft brush can remove frost. For more stubborn ice, warm water can be used but that can cause other problems like refreezing in critical areas. Be certain to use a towel to immediately dry off the water.
De-icing fluids can also be used but they, too, have specific areas on the airframe that are not tolerant of the fluid.
Consult your pilot operating handbook or flight manual for recommended practices.