sub-freezing temperatures and ice accumulation can wreak
havoc on military airbase operations. In fact, the number one
cause for military airfield operations shutdown in the United States stems from
harsh winter storms. When this occurs, scheduled
sortie production and ops tempo can be significantly
causing a negative ripple effect at other military airbases
and installations across the United
States and internationally.
In order to avoid the disruption of mission schedules
and operational plans for
military organizations, airbases must be
adequately prepared for winter weather conditions.
Airbase, flightline and runway snow removal procedures and winter contingency plans
must be supported by reliable, capable equipment and
technologies. Snow removal and de-icing personnel must be
trained and prepared to properly use this equipment.
The primary types of equipment used to
remove snow from airbases (runways, flight lines, taxiways, and access
roads) include: snow plows, mechanical runway sweeper brooms,
and snow tractors / trucks with scrapper blades. Some
of the primary manufacturers of airbase / airport snow
removal equipment include: Kodiak / RPM Technologies, Fortbrand, Vammas, and Oshkosh.
Another important aspect of
airbase and airport winter operations includes protecting
aircraft hangars, support facilities, and terminals from
snow and ice accumulation on the roof. An excellent
method for doing this is via radiant roof heating and
snow/ice melt systems. Some of the major manufacturers
of this technology include: Warmzone, Watts Radiant,
Heatwave Systems, and Bylin Engineered Systems.
Finally, industrial heaters are
often needed to provide a safe, reliable heat source for any
situation where heat is needed. Industrial heaters are
used for equipment warm-up, aircraft hangars, aviation
warehouses, loading docks, construction heating, and
maintenance / paint shops. A leading provider of
aviation industrial heaters is MAC Industrial Heaters.
Military Airbases from the Destructive Forces of Nature
The National Aerospace Organization is hosting a
symposium and exposition on November 15th, 2012 to address
new technologies and innovations for effectively removing
snow and ice from military airbases and commercial airports. Exciting presentations
will be provided to explain and demonstrate the most
effective technologies and equipment for removing snow and
ice from runways, flight lines, taxiways, aircraft
hangars, terminals and buildings.
Event Page for more Information