ArmChairCivvy wrote: Not just that; how long did it take the USN to get the de-icing work in the N. Atlantic conditions (though very high up the conditions by region are not that dissimilar)
 Yep, double the crew and quadruple the size of the a/c (and fuel burn?) to do the same job?
You have to wonder just how good AAS will be over land. Its targeted by the USN at littoral operations, it may just be a question of software mind.