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Ad Hoc Deicing Working Group Accomplishments (cont.)

Infrared (IR) deicing technology

Feasibility investigation of infrared heat for aircraft deicing

Performed in McKinley Climatic Chamber, Eglin AFB

Various aircraft components subjected to ice and snow

Current fluid/air assist deicing truck and prototype  truck-mounted IR heater used separately to deice components

IR unit demonstrated unacceptable rate of deicing

Also demonstrated two ice detection technologies

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