Sir - Your article "ATR restricted while FAA examines flight in icing" (Flight International, 16-22 November, 1994, P10) does not mention the opinions of the pilots.

Regulatory bodies and aircraft manufacturers seem to favour data from equipment, rather than the opinions of those who fly the aircraft. Perhaps, in this instance, the much maligned US Federal Aviation Administration weighed up the wind tunnel data, listened to pilot opinion and then barred the aircraft from being flown in icing conditions.

This seems like a positive approach to flight safety.


Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada

Source: Flight International