Freezing Level

Freezing Level In ARFOR’s

The freezing level is given on the AREA Forecasts  (ARFOR) available from airservices or using the NAIPS App.

It is usually given around about 20 lines down the ARFOR, after visibility and before turbulence.  This needs to be read in conjunction with the next item called ICING and you need to consider cloud quantity and levels.

Flying above the freezing level near cloud is extremely dangerous.

 

ARFOR Example

FREEZING LEVEL

ABV6000FT.

 

ICING

SEV IN CB

MOD IN CLOUD ABV FZLVL

 

Can You Fly Above The Freezing Level. 

This is a much debated topic and you really should discuss it in detail with an instructor that has significant navigational experience in cold weather in your area. For the purposes of this course. You need to avoid flying near cloud close to or above the freezing level.

If you wish to fly above the freezing level you need to avoid all cloud and do a serious amount more study on icing, this is contained in most PPL courses.

 

Safety Note

Discuss this with your instructor.