Using Whiskey to de-ice? I hope it was the cheap steff!

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Using Whiskey to de-ice? I hope it was the cheap steff!

Postby mbuto » Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:41 pm

http://www.examiner.com/article/sas-captain-uses-whiskey-to-deice-wings-of-aircraft

On second thought, the cheap stuff might have more impurities which could gum things up.

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Re: Using Whiskey to de-ice? I hope it was the cheap steff!

Postby Jeb » Wed Jan 16, 2013 12:52 pm

I was concerned about this, and not at all sure it would work. However, I performed a limited and small-scale experiment last evening, in the comfort of my own home, involving a quantity of ice and a quantity of alcohol (aged, high-quality ethanol, in this case).

I can reliably report that, indeed, alcohol does tend to melt ice, allowing the by-product, water, to mix with it as melting occurs. I was concerned the water/alcohol mix would overflow the container I was using, so I was forced to drain off some of it, periodically. I guess I over-did it since the container turned out to be empty of either alcohol or water, right about the same time the ice completely melted.

Further research on this phenomenon will be necessary...

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Re: Using Whiskey to de-ice? I hope it was the cheap steff!

Postby jackhodgson » Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:36 pm

Jeb wrote:...I performed a limited and small-scale experiment last evening...


It was all very scientific. I saw the whole thing.

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Re: Using Whiskey to de-ice? I hope it was the cheap steff!

Postby jackhodgson » Fri Jan 18, 2013 8:18 pm

Is this thing working?

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Re: Using Whiskey to de-ice? I hope it was the cheap steff!

Postby DJTorrente » Sun Jan 20, 2013 1:11 pm

Too much "science" Fri. night?

JK, read elsewhere the forums were acting up.
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Re: Using Whiskey to de-ice? I hope it was the cheap steff!

Postby jackhodgson » Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:24 am

DJ,

Yeah we had a problem with people not being able to log into the forums. If you were already logged in you could post OK, but otherwise it was read only. [Knock wood] I think it's fixed now.

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Re: Using Whiskey to de-ice? I hope it was the cheap steff!

Postby mbuto » Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:30 am

Jeb,
I attempted to duplicate your experiment. I can confirm that the alcohol did melt the ice, but that the excess ended up in my fuel tank. Fortunately, said fuel tank was full of Chinese food so there was no risk of fire at any time. There must be a leak in my fuel system because all of my gyroscopic instruments were no longer functioning. This resulted in a bruised shoulder from walking into a door. More research required.
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Re: Using Whiskey to de-ice? I hope it was the cheap steff!

Postby champguy » Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:27 pm

De-iceing has a long history of causing problems with motor control, impulse recognition, and confusion over the use of the send and delete buttons.
Still working out the bit about the eight hours from the throttle to the bottle but I'm dyslexic and my plane is slow.
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