Are planes meant to fly in freezing temperatures?Is the plane on auto pilot and u guys just there hanging out to oversee any problems?

Hi Dave, of course planes fly in freezing weather. At normal cruising altitudes for commercial jets the outside temperatures are in the area of -55 degrees F. That said, all airplanes are not equipped to fly in weather and temperatures that cause ice to form on the aircraft surfaces. All passenger jets are so equipped but not all private planes.

Pilots use auto pilots for most of the flying. However, all pilots have to fly the airplane without the auto pilot often enough to maintain their proficiency. I almost always flew the plane to altitude and during descent without the auto pilot.

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38 years as a professional pilot. Worked as an instructor for a major airline, as a tow pilot towing gliders and flew international routes until 1998. Do not know much about the maintenance end of the business.


Teaching new Captains the skills and knowledge needed to occupy the position. Helping develop procedures for use in a new airplane type. (B757)

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