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Are you ready for deicing season? Lane Aviation at John Glenn Columbus International Airport (KCMH) is prepared! Read Lane Aviation’s guest blog post to learn more about deicing.

Lane Aviation Gears Up for the 2021-2022 Deice Season

Stastia Earl
Marketing and Communications Manager
Lane Aviation – KCMH

With the 2021 winter solstice slowly inching closer to the calendar year, we are in the middle of preparing for the first frost at John Glenn Columbus International Airport (KCMH), a proud member of the Air Elite Network.

The first frost typically comes at the beginning of October, and we need to be ready to roll our fleet of eight deice trucks at a moment’s notice. We never know how long the season will last; in the past, we have deiced through the end of April the following year. Storing our deice trucks in a heated hangar, six of which are state-of-the-art Premier brand deice trucks enables us to respond quickly to customer requests and changes in weather conditions.

Preparation is key to executing a good deice operation. Before the season even starts, the trucks go through a bumper-to-bumper inspection checking everything from lift booms, nozzles, burners, pressures, fluid temperatures, and fire extinguishers, to name a few. The type I glycol is sent to a lab to test its integrity and ensure its chemical properties are within limits. Type I must be at least 180 degrees when sprayed. The IV glycol is sheer tested, testing its ability to shed snow and ice off the aircraft on takeoff. We can store 50,000 gallons of type I and 15,000 of type IV at John Glenn International.

Not only are the equipment and fluid checked, but our team members complete 20 hours of classroom and 20 hours of on-the-job training before they can spray an airplane. Each 121 carrier has its own deice training program, so our team needs to be qualified for each one. We will be providing deice services to nine commercial airlines for the 2021/2022 deice season.

In March of 2007, John Glenn International had 22 inches of snowfall at the airport in one day, and our crew sprayed over 30,000 gallons of deicing fluid, our biggest day to date. In dealing with frost, snow flurries, or accumulating snow, our team of professionals will assist both corporate and commercial carriers this winter season at KCMH.

Our goal at Lane Aviation is to assist John Glenn International in keeping the airport moving as safely and efficiently as possible during inclement weather events.

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