AS6285C Aircraft Ground Deicing/Anti-Icing Processes



Issuing Committee
This document establishes the minimum requirements for ground-based aircraft deicing/anti-icing methods and procedures to ensure the safe operation of aircraft during icing conditions on the ground. This document does not specify the requirements for particular aircraft models.
The application of the procedures specified in this document are intended to effectively remove and/or prevent the accumulation of frost, snow, slush, or ice contamination which can seriously affect the aerodynamic performance and/or the controllability of an aircraft. The principal method of treatment employed is the use of fluids qualified to AMS1424 (Type I fluid) and AMS1428 (Types II, III, and IV fluids).
All guidelines referred to herein are applicable only in conjunction with the applicable documents. Due to aerodynamic and other concerns, the application of deicing/anti-icing fluids shall be carried out in compliance with engine and aircraft manufacturer's recommendations.
The purpose of this document is to provide industry standards for the methods and procedures used in performing the treatments necessary for the proper deicing and anti-icing of aircraft on the ground using AMS1424- and AMS1428-qualified fluids (Types I, II, III, and IV) and non-fluid methods.
Exposure to weather conditions on the ground that are conducive to ice formation can cause the accumulation of frost, snow, slush, or ice on aircraft surfaces and components. These contaminants can adversely affect aircraft performance, stability, and control, and operation of mechanical devices such as control surfaces, sensors, flaps, and landing gear. If frozen deposits are present, other than those considered in the aircraft certification process, the performance of the aircraft may be compromised.
Regulations governing aircraft operations in icing conditions shall be followed. Specific rules for aircraft are set forth in the United States Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR), EASA EU-OPS, Canadian Aviation Regulations (CAR), and others. Paraphrased, these rules specify that no one may dispatch or take off an aircraft with frozen deposits on components of the aircraft that are critical to safe flight. A critical surface or component is one which could adversely affect the mechanical or aerodynamic function of an aircraft. In the event of differences or discrepancies in the requirements set out in this standard and any requirements set out in the domestic regulations applicable to the end user, the domestic regulation requirements shall supersede those set out in this standard.
As individual icing situations or aircraft types and models may require special procedures, this document can never replace the aircraft operator’s judgement. The responsibility for the correct deicing and anti-icing procedures for aircraft always rests with the operator of the aircraft.
The ultimate responsibility for the determination that the aircraft is clean and meets airworthiness requirements rests with the Pilot-in-Command in command of the aircraft.
Revison C includes:
  • Restatement of the rationale that was omitted from the previous revision.
  • Removal of language in the post-deicing/anti-icing communication to clarify all communication.
  • Additional note on ice ridges and impact of air flow over pitot tubes.
  • Additional language for deicing service providers to ensure the compatibility of fluids.
  • Alignment of symmetrical procedures between deicing and anti-icing.
  • Additional Types II, IV application table note for use surrounding LOUT and removal of the Type III heated application table as these no longer exist.
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SAE International Technical Standard, Aircraft Ground Deicing/Anti-Icing Processes, SAE Standard AS6285C, Revised August 2019, Issued August 2016,
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Aug 20, 2019
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