Inflight Deicing On-board equipment to prevent airframe icing.
The heated propellers of this Bombardier Dash 8-300 are among the deicing technologies used by turboprop aircraft.
Every airliner comes fully equipped with protection systems that prevent ice from forming on its airframe as it flies through clouds, whose super-cooled water droplets gradually freeze solid by -40°C. Windscreens and instrument probes are electrically heated.
With our turboprop aircraft, rubberized deicing “boots” on the wings inflate to crack away ice buildup. With fast-moving jets, air is heated before it enters the engines. Hot air is also bled from the engines and then ducted along the wings’ leading edges.
Most jets rely on pilots to activate deicing, but our Embraers detect icing automatically and turn on their own systems.