June 2001 Issue

Letters - 06/01

Ice Detector Woes
I enjoyed your article on carb ice detectors. Iíd like to relate to you an incident that happened to my aircraft partner and I, where the carb temp indication system delayed our decision to use heat.

During an approach into Las Vegas in IMC with snow, we were slowly losing engine RPM and then altitude. The carb temp indicator was well above the yellow caution range.† Iím an A&P and I† had recently checked and confirmed the carb temp indicator for proper accuracy. Because we were convinced that we couldnít have carb ice due to the indicated temperature, we spent precious time looking for other reasons for the loss of power.

At 800 feet below our assigned...

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