Flying in cold weather

Cold weather operations

Yep, the country was suddenly subjected to cold temperatures again. This also has an impact on your aircraft in terms of performance, engine operating temperature, and any modified procedures that we do not do weekly.
Some points for attention
❄️ Oil temperature
After ignition, give your engine enough time to warm up before performing the engine run-up. Check your POH; usually, it is around 75-90°F.
❄️ Freezing level
This is much longer than in summer; there must be humidity as well as cold temperatures to create a risk of icing. So it’s not a problem when the sky is blue, but if there is fog, clouds, precipitation, etc., those negative temperatures are bad for small aviation. Even with a basic de/anti-icing system, you may not always fly in known icing conditions and the amount of exposure time is also limited.
❄️ Don’t rush.
I know you’re cold and want to get through that preflight quickly, but take time to check all the items anyway. Also take your time with your take-off checklist; it is cold but once you’re in flight with the engine power going, the cabin will warm up. Just be patient. Heat must first go to the engine, and you can only turn on the cabin heater when the engine is at its optimum.
Big advantage will be colder temperatures -> performance of your aircraft. Calculate your take-off and climb performance and you’ll find that you’re suddenly in a 🚀 It’s a magnificent feeling.
So, because your engine is performing so efficiently, you may need a lower power setting for landing to maintain your target speed during your descent and landing.
Make sure to do your calculations, don’t rush, and – above all – enjoy the beautiful landscapes.