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Spring is right around the corner, and that means you're going to start seeing wet runways again. Here are the three different ways you can go slipping down the runway, and how you can prevent each one.
Dynamic hydroplaning happens when water lifts your wheels off the runway. This usually happens when a wedge of water builds up in front of your tires and lifts them off the runway. When it happens, you're literally riding on water. And that's not good, because you don't have traction or braking.
Reverted rubber hydroplaning happens when your tires lock up, the rubber begins to melt, and trapped water under the tire turns into steam. When it happens, you're riding on steam, and melting your tires in the process.
When oil or accumulated rubber combines with water on a runway, it can form an impenetrable layer of liquid your tires can't break through. This is especially problematic on smooth asphalt runways.
Use these anti-hydroplaning techniques the next time you're landing in the rain, and you'll handle any wet runway like a pro.
Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.