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Airport runways

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by pentpack, Oct 18, 2015.

  1. pentpack

    pentpack Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    I had an airport that got me to plow their runway last year. They did not want me to use any kind of salt or icemelt. Said it was corrosive to aircraft. I know airports use something on runways I just do not know what it is. Anyone know?
     
  2. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,034

    Just guessing here, but I would say liquid. Beet juice maybe, or brine?
     
  3. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Hot sand.Is what they use.
     
  4. dodgegmc1213

    dodgegmc1213 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,002

    When we plowed at our local airport they supplied us with super sacks of urea pellets, we also used liquid but I forgot what it was
     
  5. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,868

    TCLA knows, you'll have to wait for him to jump in.
     
  6. Defcon 5

    Defcon 5 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,686

    Where is Citytow...Didn't he used to plow Runways in Philly??
     
  7. Drano0127

    Drano0127 Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    Around us if its a liquid its often a potassium acetate-based liquid. A common granular product is sodium formate. Both are ridiculously expensive. Only certain brands are FAA approved. We've used some of the stuff from Cryotech when we did ramps at an airport.
     
  8. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,699

    I think I already filled my quota helping out a newbe that's on the contractor side of things lol. Drano just pointed him in the right direction.
     
  9. Defcon 5

    Defcon 5 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,686



    I sat back in the weeds waiting for you to answer this...Your asleep at the wheel my friend..
     
  10. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,868

    Maybe you should be more like me, I am always helpful
     
  11. Defcon 5

    Defcon 5 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,686




    Lmao...I think MJD would beg to difer..
     
  12. CaptCaveman

    CaptCaveman Member
    Messages: 72

    Sodium formate works and is approved by the FAA
     
  13. zlssefi

    zlssefi Senior Member
    Messages: 117

    we use sodium acetate mixed with faa spec certified sand. like beach sand minus the pebbles.