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The Chill of Icing
Our pilots were on their way to the sun of Florida from the winter chill of Erie, Pa. with plans to stop in western South Carolina for fuel. They had originally hoped to depart before noon but life got in the way so their departure was delayed until closer to 6 p.m. The spring weather hadn’t changed all that much through the afternoon but they’d now be flying most of the trip in the dark of night. Both of our pilots were instrument rated so they filed IFR.
In the left-seat was the owner of the aircraft with a private pilots license and in the right was his friend, an airline pilot. They were expecting some clouds over the mountains of West Virginia but they were to dissipate on the other side of the mountains.