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Clearing snow and ice from runways and taxiways is key to safe and on-time aircraft operations during the winter. Personnel practice months in advance to ensure that all goes smoothly during the winter season. Equipment, such as the new snow broom pictured at right, help crews continuously clear runways and taxiways during inclement weather.
The Airports’ Snow Teams Louisville International
The airport is responsible for maintaining runways, taxiways, and aircraft ramps as well as roadways, sidewalks, and some parking areas. The 15 miles of taxiways/runways and the 10 miles of airfield roadway are cleaned using power equipment. One mile of sidewalk is manually cleaned. Clearing the airfield is the priority and there are 11 pieces of equipment dedicated to do just that. The remainder of the equipment is used to keep roadways, parking lots, walkways and other areas clear of snow and ice. In addition to snow- and ice removal equipment, 23 four-wheel drive vehicles are available to ensure that key personnel can reach the airfield in emergency weather conditions. The cost for all materials, trucks and staff is approximately $10,000 per inch of snow.
Snow-and Ice-Removal Equipment
Contractor Snow Removal Equipment:
(5) Concrete trucks with snowplows
(4) Cubic-yard wheel loaders
(4) Side loaders
(10) Tri-Axle dump trucks (to carry snow away from air operations areas or off the airfield)
Our Airline Partners Each airline is responsible for de-icing its own aircraft and equipment, either by itself or through contractors, such as Louisville International s Fixed Base Operator Atlantic Aviation Services. UPS owns and operates its own de-icing equipment and maintains and clears its own airport ramps and facilities.
Clearing the runways is the priority for Bowman Field, too. Crews simultaneously focus on clearing the airfield while assuring the ramps, walkways, roadways and parking lots are available for use. Bowman s crews use two 22-foot Volvo snowplows, two 22-foot OshKosh snow brooms and one 4,000-gallon de-icer truck. Also, one tandem dump truck and two pickup trucks are equipped with snow blades.