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AeroShell Winter Flying

As the nights draw in and the temperatures drop, this creates added complications for pilots and maintenance teams in ensuring their aircraft are prepared to fly in all weathers. Regardless of your aircraft make and model, you can be assured that AeroShell have you covered, with a range of products specifically designed for the tough environmental challenges the next few months will pose.

AeroShell Piston Engine Oil W 15W-50

AeroShell W 15W-50 is a semi-synthetic multi-grade oil for use in certified four-stroke aircraft piston engines. Due to its multi-grade characteristics, it is seen as an all season oil, able to perform effectively in both cold and warm conditions, outperforming competitor products in cold weather start-up.

AeroShell Grease 58

AeroShell Grease 58 is an enhanced load carrying capacity grease that exhibits superior protection against water and corrosive fluids. This grease surpasses all requirements for exposure to runway de-icing fluid and salt water making it perfect for winter applications.

AeroShell Compound 07 De-Icing Fluid

AeroShell Compound 07 is a DTD 406B approved de-icing fluid used for in-flight de-icing of windscreens, propellers, wings and tailplanes on suitably equipped aircraft as well as removing hoar frost and light snow/ice from parked aircraft.

Tips for Winterizing Your Aircraft

 

While some aircraft will continue operations throughout the winter, a large proportion will be stored, ready for the warmer temperatures of spring. If this is the choice you take, there are still several things to consider before leaving your aircraft for the winter:

  • Change your oil, ensuring the older oils acidity does not cause pitting or wear on engine components. To learn more about oil choices for stored aircraft, click here;
  • Chock the wheels and release the parking brake to prevent brake seizure;
  • Blank the inlets, exhausts and vents to prevent moisture and FOD (Foreign Object Debris) entering the engine;
  • Protect your aircraft from the elements, either in a hangar or covered with a canopy or dust sheet;
  • Apply airframe grease to hinges and linkages as per your maintenance engineers instructions;
  • Close the fuel cocks and turn master switches off;
  • Fill the fuel tanks, which prevents condensation and eventually corrosion build up within the tank.