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DEC 2018-JAN 2019

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December 2018/January 2019 airportbusiness 19 AIRFIELD MAINTENANCE a FOD walk on each ramp to get an idea of what challenges each ramp has and to get out there and understand the challenges we do have with FOD.” Ailing said to look at the type of FOD you’re seeing at your airport along with additional restraints on the airfield before considering a sweeper device. Know your options While FOD detection systems have come on the scene in recent years, Garth Hughes, general manager of The FOD Control Corp. said airports have been slow to adopt it due to the cost and complexity. Some airports are also hesitant to spend money on a new FOD solution before there’s already an issue. “Until you have a large established group on which to base your purchase decisions, you’re putting yourself at risk by adopting these newer technologies,” he said. Hughes said finding the right sweeper depends on the size of the facility, the condition of the runways, the operating environment and the criticality of the operations. Automatic runway sweepers continue to be a popular choice for crews, he said, because they’re easy to operate, however, airport administrators are less happy with the technology. “They tend to break down, they’re very proprietary, so fixing them is not as easy as you might think,” he said. Hughes said FOD drag mats are still very popular with airports because there’s no All badged employees at Huntsville International Airport receive training on FOD awareness to make sure they're aware of the dangers and to keep the airfield clean. Dennis Kiem Huntsville International Airport is a major cargo airport, which creates unique challenges for a smaller facility. EQB View LLC San Diego International Airport crews utilize sweeper trucks during the early morning hours to clear FOD from the runway and taxiways. San Diego Regional Airport Authority Selecting the Right Sweeper for Airport Applications By James Crockett When choosing a sweeper for airport sweeping applications, it’s important to select a high-performance sweeper that not only cleans large flat, paved areas such as runways, but is also capable of efficiently capturing and removing glycol and other deicing fluid run-off on runways and gate locations. Many airports have requirements for picking up deicing fluid (glycol) used to de-ice planes. This fluid may run off onto the gate area surface or runway waiting, requiring special airport sweepers to clean up. Environmental regulations generally require this to be cleaned up before the environmentally damaging material can flow into the storm drain system and mix with storm water runoff. Select a multi-purpose sweeper that can quickly perform both the sweep and liquid pickup applications without compromising productivity or performance. Choose a sweeper that offers such features as a decant system that allows liquid mixed with heavy sludge to be easily pumped off into proper receptacles, an enhanced blower fan with a flow blocker system to temporarily restrict airflow while operating the engine at higher speeds for quick pump-off of glycol and an anti-slosh baffle that prevents accidental glycol escape.  James Crockett is the strategic product manager for Elgin Sweeper Elgin Crosswind Glycol Recovery Sweeper (GRS) Elgin Sweeper Co.

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