October 3, 2005Katherine K. MartinGlenn Research Center, Cleveland(Phone: 216/433-2406)Elvia H. ThompsonHeadquarters, Washington(Phone: 202/358-1696)RELEASE: 05-039NASA DEVELOPS NEW ONLINE DE-ICING TRAINING COURSE FOR PILOTSWith winter approaching, NASA is providing pilots with a way to helpthem avoid the hazards of ice contamination while their planes are onthe ground.NASA developed "A Pilot's Guide to Ground Icing." It's a free, onlinecourse intended primarily for professional pilots who make their owndeicing and anti-icing decisions. It's the eighth in a series oftraining aids developed at NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland,and the first on ground icing.Tom Bond, chief of Glenn's Icing Branch, said, "The pilot communityhas asked for training materials to cover the full spectrum of icingconcerns. Ground icing training complements our past work forin-flight icing training. NASA worked with an international group ofaviation safety specialists from both regulatory and industryorganizations to develop a training tool to aid pilots acrossinternational borders."This new educational tool was developed by an international team ledby NASA researchers. The team included experts from NASA's AmesResearch Center, Moffett Field, Calif.; the Federal AviationAdministration; Transport Canada; Civil Aviation Authority in theUnited Kingdom; Canadian Armed Forces; the University of Oregon; afractional jet provider and an airline.This self-guided course provides pilots with general ground icingknowledge; an understanding of freezing precipitation hazards; andthe ability to improve decision making in ground icing operations. Itdiscusses the risks of contamination; provides cues to alert thepilot to ground icing conditions; and offers actions pilots can taketo help ensure safe operations. Imagery, case studies, aviatortestimonials and interactive elements are used to inform and helppilots make better operational decisions.Ground icing accidents are often preventable. Pilots will be able toreceive training to improve the safety of their flights by using thisonline course."We are committed to supporting NASA's goal to improve aviationsafety. By helping pilots and operators understand the hazards ofground and in-flight aircraft icing, they can make better operationaldecisions," said Dr. Judith Van Zante, icing researcher with QSSGroup, Inc., Cleveland. She was a team member at Glenn, and she wasinstrumental in developing the course.