The Royal Air Force was one of the first to take advantage of the faster de-icing operations and even quicker turn-arounds that are now possible following the purchase of a Global ER-2875 de-icer by Bangor International Airport, Maine, USA.
The airport said the de-icer has the longest side reach and highest cab/nozzle height of any mobile de-icer in the world, bringing the operator’s eye level to an impressive 78ft (23.8m).
Specifically designed for larger aircraft, such as the Airbus A-380, Antonov An-225, C5 and C17 military aircraft and similarly large cargo types, the ER-2875 has a fluid tank capacity of 2,800 US gallons (10,500 litres) with a flow rate of 60gpm (227lpm).
With a hydraulically-driven centrifugal compressor mounted on the operator platform, the de-icing system uses forced air, either alone or in combination with de-icing fluid, to remove all forms of frozen contamination from the critical surfaces of the aircraft.
Airport Director Tony Caruso commented: “What this means is better visual inspection of the aircraft when cleaned and, from the pilot’s standpoint, a speedier de-icing process and faster turn-around. The extra 10ft of boom will be particularly valuable on larger military and cargo aircraft with a T-tail configuration.”