Airport ground management during the winter in regions which experience winter precipitation in the form of snow, sleet or freezing rain necessitates the use of a range of equipment to ensure runways remain open and aircraft are able to land and take-off safely. Aircraft deicers are a part of the airport ground support equipment industry—snow removal/deicing equipment for aircraft and runways.
Aircraft deicers are used to spray deicing fluid on to the frame of an aircraft frame to remove snow and/or ice which may have accumulated on the aircraft surface. The process of deicing refers to the removal of existing snow, ice or frost from a surface; while anti-icing is a process in which chemicals are applied to a surface to form a layer which retards the buildup of snow or ice on the same surface.
Aircraft deicers perform both functions and are equipped with one, two or three tanks which carry either pre-mixed deicing fluid or pure glycol and water which can be mixed by the operator depending on the prevailing weather conditions.
Main challenges faced by airport equipment operators in the deicing process are the cost of deicing fluid and the mitigation of the environmental impact of the deicing operation. Recent trends show a growing number of airports leaning towards on-site or off-site glycol recovery/recycling systems.
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