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Airfield Snow Removal Tactics. Runway Condition?. The Snow Plan. Snow Plan Design. Create a specific plan of action, well before the season arrives Establish airfield priorities and runway maintenance times

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Airfield snow removal tactics

Airfield Snow Removal Tactics

Runway condition

Runway Condition?

The snow plan

The Snow Plan

Snow plan design

Snow Plan Design

  • Create a specific plan of action, well before the season arrives

  • Establish airfield priorities and runway maintenance times

  • Snow removal operations should be both interactive and systematic, involving a collaborative effort on behalf of multiple agencies

Team effort

Team Effort

  • Airport operations designs the snow plan to achieve specific goals during a snow event

  • Include the FAA (tower) to understand it’s role in snow removal.

  • Include the airlines to support a proactive snow plan

  • Include airfield maintenance to execute the plan

Airfield snow removal tactics

The Equipment

Airfield snow removal tactics

  • Hydrostatic Brooms

  • Produced better friction results

  • Restricted capability in heavy snow accumulations

Plow truck and broom truck

Plow Truck and Broom Truck

Multi tasking equipment mte

Multi-Tasking Equipment (MTE)

Mte advantages

MTE Advantages

  • Plow, sweep and air blast the surface in one pass

  • High performance capability reduces runway occupancy times (30mph plus)

  • One person operation promotes effective utilization of human resources

  • The MTE operates effectively in snow accumulations from 0 to 30 inches

Snow blowers

Snow Blowers

Runway team configurations

Runway Team Configurations

Runway deployment

Runway Deployment

Runway 08/26

10,000ft long X 150ft wide

Complete in 10 Minutes

Yellow Runway Team

Green Taxiway Team

Runway team 12 000 x 200ft

Runway Team12,000 x 200ft





11Multi Tasking Equipment Lead Plow

2High speed high capacity snow Blowers

24000 Gallon Chemical Tankers/90’ Spray Boom

1Friction Measuring Vehicle

16 Total pieces of equipment

1 Operations Field Manager

1 Airport Maintenance Supervisor

Taxiway team

Taxiway Team


4Multi Tasking equipment Lead plow

1 4000 Gallon Chemical Tankers/50’ Spray Boom


6 Total equipment

Tactical equipment program

Tactical Equipment Program

16 Runway team

6 Taxiway team

22 total number of equipment

Edge light plow

Edge Light Plow

Multi seasonal equipment

Multi Seasonal Equipment

Training and safety

Training and Safety

  • Establish a training and safety position or department

  • Develop consistent training procedures including pre and post operator equipment inspections

  • Recurring training for airfield operators is required

  • Establish operator accountability

Airfield snow removal tactics

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