Meteorological Factors that Affect the Formation an Prediction of Aircraft Icing
AIR FORCE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB United States
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This thesis reviewed factors which influence aircraft icing, verified previous NACA data, and assessed forecasting techniques. Analysis of RAOBs and PIREPs compiled by NOAAFSL were required to have occurred within one hour of RAOB ascent and within 50 miles of the RAOB location. The results of this study compared favorably to those of NACA. Icing reports appeared to occur within a distinct range from 0 deg C to -20 deg C and with a 1 deg C dew point depression. While not as distinct, stability is related to the type of icing. Current forecast rules were found to be valid and suggestions for improvement are provided.