Warsaw Chopin Airport in Poland has unveiled ten new MB2041/Øveraasen snow-clearing units that will help the airport maintain operations in heavy snow.
Featuring a 6.8m-wide snowplough mounted on a Mercedes Benz Actros truck, the new equipment also incorporates sweepers with a 5.5m-wide broom system and a powerful blower.
The Damman liquid de-icing agent spreader will allow the removal of snow from runways in around 25 to 30 minutes.
Chopin Airport Maintenance Service head Jan Michalak said the new equipment will be driven by well trained, comprehensively skilled staff.
"Both snow clearing equipment operators and mechanics responsible for its maintenance and repairs are capable of working in harsh winter conditions," Michalak said.
"We are well prepared for the upcoming winter and you can rest assured that we will do our best to make sure passengers and cargo get to and from Warsaw on time and without any problems."
The units will also allow clearing aprons and taxiways with five dedicated compact sweepers and six older snow removal units.
The airport’s Ice Alert system, comprising six measurement points situated on both runways, will allow prediction of ice formation through BOSO and ARCTIS runway surface sensors and data processors.
Chopin Airport Engineering Systems Service member Marcin Szczerbinski said that the Ice Alert system processes complex data to determine the current freeze point, alerting the user to a possible icy condition.
"It’s a very useful tool for the Airport Maintenance Service and Airport Duty Officers," Szczerbinski said.
"Combining cutting-edge technology with experienced staff we can effectively prevent such conditions as black ice and, consequently, guarantee the highest possible safety of aircraft operations."
The airport also deploys a separate system at measurement points on the access roads heading towards Terminal A, which spreads a special anti-icing agent on the roads towards the departures hall, offering clear and safe view of the roads.
Image: MB2041/Øveraasen snow clearing units deployed at Chopin Airport will allow smooth operations in winter. Photo: courtesy of Warsaw Chopin Airport.