sub-freezing temperatures and ice accumulation can wreak
havoc on airport operations. In fact, the number one
cause for airport shutdown in the United States stems from
harsh winter storms. When this occurs, flight
departure and arrival schedules can be significantly delayed
causing a ripple effect at other airports across the United
States and internationally.
In order to avoid the disruption of travel plans for
tens of thousands of passengers, airports must be
adequately prepared for winter weather conditions.
Airport 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 airports (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 / repair workshops. A leading provider of aviation
industrial heaters is MAC Industrial Heaters.
Airports 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 airports. Exciting presentations
will be provided to explain and demonstrate the most
effective technologies and equipment for removing snow and
ice from airport runways, flight lines, taxiways, aircraft
hangars, terminals and buildings.
Event Page for more Information