Runway Snow Removal Becomes Scientific

By: Colin Mayfield Email
By: Colin Mayfield Email

Who knew that snow removal is down to a science, or at least for ground crews at Central Wisconsin Airport?

During and after a snow storm, they work effortlessly to clear runways so that they’re safe for planes to land and take off from.

CWA monitors conditions out on the runways, which allows them to treat them accordingly. However, the way they treat it depends on how much and what kind of snow we get; while factoring in some coefficients.

Tony Yaron, manager of CWA elaborated, “We constantly monitor and we prioritize. We’ll pick a runway and stick with it. We’ll clean a taxi way and a ramp for the aircraft as well. It’s our job to make sure its safe on the tarmac and the pilot’s job to land the plane safely.”

Large plows with tow behind brushes and huge snow blowers work 14 to 16 hours to clear nearly two miles of runway space.

After crews get the job done, it’s up to the pilot’s skill to land the aircraft safely. A job that their heavily trained for to carry out.

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