FAA proposes de-icing standards for small turboprops

The FAA is proposing mandated de-icing equipment for hundreds of turboprop aircraft that currently lack the technology. In reviewing reports of major icing accidents, the agency found that small turboprops were almost always involved. "We want to make sure all classes of aircraft in scheduled service remain safe when they encounter icing," said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. Mid-2012 is the earliest that the new rules could be enforced, and many of the affected aircraft could be retired by then.

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