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De-Icing in May!? Common? Has anyone experienced?

De-Icing in May!? Common? Has anyone experienced?

Old May 1, 13, 9:12 am
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De-Icing in May!? Common? Has anyone experienced?

Flew AC146 (YYCYYZ redeye) last night ...... As we pushed back a couple minutes after midnight (technically very early May 1st) the Captain comes on and says we require some de-icing of the leading edges. De-icing in May!?!?!
Has anyone experienced this? I know the weather is wild out west but I couldn’t believe my ears.
This, contrasted with the LAS-YYC flight I took into Calgary that evening where it measured 101’F at liftoff on the field.
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Old May 1, 13, 9:14 am
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Yes, experienced it a few times in April/May and I´m sure they wouldn´t do it if it weren´t necessary. Temperatures were below zero in AB yesterday with freezing rain and strong winds in some areas, so seems like a good idea to me.
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Old May 1, 13, 9:16 am
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It depends on the weather.

For what it's worth, I've had delays in PHX because it was too hot to take off. Or at least that's what they told us.
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Old May 1, 13, 9:19 am
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Originally Posted by Jasper2009 View Post
Yes, experienced it a few times in April/May and I´m sure they wouldn´t do it if it weren´t necessary. Temperatures were below zero in AB yesterday with freezing rain and strong winds in some areas, so seems like a good idea to me.
Really wasn't questioning the Captain's skill or decision making ability.

Just shocked by the weather. I've only been via YYC a handful.

I guess I was further blown away by the extreme heat just a 2h15m flight south
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Old May 1, 13, 9:28 am
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We had a lot of snow in Edmonton the last two days..... De-Icing is the last of our problems - apperently we are still in the dead of winter of here...
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Old May 1, 13, 9:31 am
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Given that it was snowing in Denver last week, I don't find this surprising. We are 3550 ft
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Old May 1, 13, 9:36 am
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Yup. And, frankly, this is, well, the only reason we fly AC (and only AC) to and from Canada. They know how to handle the extreme weather. We have taken flights (from Ottawa) in the dead of winter, and they have de-iced more than once, because the plane was sitting there too long. AC is a crappy airline in a lot of ways, but in terms of handling weather and safety issues, they seem to do a good job of it. Knock wood.
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Old May 1, 13, 9:40 am
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There will be de-icing at MSP today and tomorrow, probably also snowplows on the runways to get rid of 3-6" inches of slush predicted.
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Old May 1, 13, 10:01 am
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I cannot believe how out of the loop I am on the weather issues right now!? Just hit weather.com

Wondered why no one on the plane even batted an eyelash when Capt announced de-ice requirement.

BBL season starts Apr 1 .... I don't remember many snow games for Twins or Rockies??
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This must have been as surprising to an "Easterner" as when my plane got de-iced at YYC on August 23rd, at the other end of Alberta summer.
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Originally Posted by CloudsBelow View Post
I cannot believe how out of the loop I am on the weather issues right now!? Just hit weather.com

Wondered why no one on the plane even batted an eyelash when Capt announced de-ice requirement.

BBL season starts Apr 1 .... I don't remember many snow games for Twins or Rockies??

Well, it's snowing in Denver today, in fact it's been quite a blizzard. AC has even waived change fees for DEN. But Rockies are playing on the road, in presumably warm Los Angeles.
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This must have been as surprising to an "Easterner" as when my plane got de-iced at YYC on August 23rd, at the other end of Alberta summer.
That is mind boggling. De icing on Aug23.
Had no idea. wow
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When I checked weather this morning (8:30 edt), it was -8C in Calgary...
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-8 in Calgary, I just cut my lawn in shorts, here in Ottawa where its 22 and I return to my office in Calgary tomorrow, where I will not be wearing shorts! the reality is just settling in!
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Old May 1, 13, 1:22 pm
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Originally Posted by HerpaYvr View Post
-8 in Calgary, I just cut my lawn in shorts, here in Ottawa where its 22 and I return to my office in Calgary tomorrow, where I will not be wearing shorts! the reality is just settling in!
Well, it was around 22°C in Edmonton last Friday, but the good weather didn´t last very long.
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