To help clarify, as far as I can determine, Russian CAA regulations are almost identical to ours.
SOP of Aeroflot part B (operation of A320):
COLD WEATHER AND FLUID RUNWAY CONTAMINATED OPERATIONS
SURFACES ... CHECKED FREE OF FROST, ICE AND SNOW
All surfaces of the aircraft (critical surfaces: leading edges and upper surfaces of wings, vertical and horizontal stabilizers, all control surfaces, slats and flaps) must be clear of snow, frost and ice, otherwise consider to perform de-/anti-icing. [ They even added this bit to reinforce that de-/anti-icing must be performed in this case ]
Note: Thin hoarfrost is acceptable on the upper surface of the fuselage and pilot can distinguish surface features (lines and markings) beneath it. Frost is acceptable on the underside of the wing tank area, a max layer of 3mm.
SOP of Aeroflot part A (General Procedures)
Written wholly in russian, it specifically states that if OAT is 6C and below, person charged with preparing acft for departure must check for hoarfrost or snow/ice deposits on all parts of acft. If found, then he orders de-icing procedure to remove these deposits. If OAT is below 15C, check for fuel frost and order de-icing if fuel frost present.
Just for the record, here is the original:
ИТП АТЦ, ответственный за подготовку ВС к вылету:
- при температуре наружного воздуха +15°С и ниже обязан проверить верхнюю и нижнюю поверхности крыла в районе расходных секций топливных баков на предмет отсутствия топливного льда (особенно при подготовке ВС к вылету при кратковременной стоянке после выполнения полета);
- при температуре наружного воздуха от +6°С и ниже, обязан проверить
отсутствие инея и снежно-ледяных отложений на всей поверхности самолета;
- при обнаружении инея или снежно-ледяных отложений на поверхности
самолета ИТП ответственный за подготовку ВС к вылету принимает
меры по их удалению, для чего заказывает спецмашину для проведения
процедуры удаления обледенения;
- по прибытию на ВС экипажа, ИТП докладывает КВС о результате
осмотра поверхностей самолета и о необходимости выполнения ПОО.
Obviously they're just not following their own procedures and seem to take no action when the rules are broken.
What amazed me about this, was firstly they took off in that condition and secondly they got away with it, illegal yes but dangerous....probably but not definitely !
Here's another one from an Aeroflot pilot who claims this is considered acceptable and he states that he departs the stand with this level of snow on the wings and if it hasn't blown off by the time he reaches the de-icing area, then he'll stop and de-ice.http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... Om4pk#t=0s
I can't see any snow on that one by rotate and personally think that's probably ok. If they waited until completely clean most of the fleet would probably be grounded during the winter.But they should have amended the rules to take account of those conditions. By just blindly copying our rules they're left in an impossible situation.
Apparently in Russia you are free to roam the cabin at 100ft agl too ("ding"@ ~00:53)...
Hi Bud, I've now played it a couple of times on full volume and not heard it. You must have better hearing than me. Are you sure it wasn't your own microwave?
Perhaps you could use your exceptional hearing on the second video and then you or somebody explain why I can hear "v1" and "rotate" from that camera position.
"Only birds and fools fly and even the birds don't fly at night"