Slippery roads, weighing branches, snappy power lines and colder days; winter storms bring about a whole lot of freaky hazards that keep authorities on the toe. Aviation sectors, one of the worst affected industries by ice storms, embark their snow removal preparations as early as in the summers. Review of the latest winter operation technology demonstrates the winter preparedness of the authorities, which includes thorough conditioning and modification of machinery as well as ensuring enough supply of deicing agents before the winter arrives. Here is a brief look around of how aviation industries keep themselves abreast with these innovative technologies and get themselves prepared for the impending disasters.
Ice storms and the aviation sectors
Accumulated layers of clear ice over the aircraft on the ground, runways and operating surfaces leading to the disruption of aircrafts movements, and cancellation of services remains one of the worst winter nightmares for the aviation sector. Years of dealing with ice storms have equipped the airport leaders with the knowledge and technology that can overcome adversities with ease. The weather forecasting, and the anticipation of the worst often lead to brilliant solutions that minimize the worst happenings.
Airport staff get trained in handling various snow types, and the airlines are always kept in a loop of communication to address adverse situations. Perfect planning and efficient communication have emerged to be the key strategic factors that help airports deal with snow removal measures. The measures taken by BWI is a fantastic example of how the aviation sector was successful in preventing a barrage of snow accumulating in the airports during the worst anticipated Jonas ice storm in 2016. Not only did their techniques excelled in removing snow efficiently, but they also were successful in resuming services within a minimal time. Following is a brief look at how this was accomplished.
How does the airport implement snow removal measures effectively?
Preparing for the worst is key.
The first step towards the perfect contingency plans is to keep every operation, facility, and stakeholder in a loop of communication to be aware of their strategy. This also includes air traffic control tower, cargo shipping, parking arrangements, marketing as well as FBOs, which notify every other facility of their plans in advance to make coordination easier. Programs also include a change in schedule or diversion plans of the airline services. Airport employees and equipment are prepared in advance as well as sands and chemicals are stocked in ample.
The communication networks and the preparedness for the worst played a crucial role in averting significant consequences during Jonas snowstorms. Every operation was synchronized to handle all sorts of storms, and the effort indeed bore the fruit with the season ending with minimum damage.
Effective handling of airlines
Apart from the runway concerns, snowfalls can be a significant issue to airlines and FBO equipment in airports. Fan systems have been effective in defrosting the planes and other equipment for quite a time. The low-cost technology fan systems can circulate warm air inside the hangar efficiently defrosting the material as well as drying the area after the process.
Equipped with all modern snow removal techniques
Equipping the snow team with the latest machinery and keeping them in the network of communication is an essential part of snow removal strategy. BWI was quite efficient in amassing innovative instruments during the Jonas snowstorms that led to an early reopening of the airport.
BWIs effort in opening its airfield and making the roadways navigable in a short span was apparent, as these measures made the shuttle movements easier for the employees engaged in snow removal measures. The public announcements and keeping the travellers informed about the flight statuses were yet another achievement of BWI.