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Do Mexican Airports Have Deicing Equipment?  
User currently offlineMtyfreak From Mexico, joined Apr 2004, 377 posts, RR: 2
Posted (11 years 5 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3284 times:

Today here in MTY temperatures dropped below 0 Celsius and I was wondering if Mexican airports are ready to Handle ice conditions,

Any info??

Only here for the beer...
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User currently offlineGhost77 From Mexico, joined Mar 2000, 5299 posts, RR: 48
Reply 1, posted (11 years 5 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3186 times:

To answer the original Q, no they don't nor they're ready for snow! In fact, no city in Mexico is prepared for snow! Why? Because we have never suffered from the snow!

But things are changing... not only temp is decreasing in the last hours... but its SNOWING in Mexico!

According to the latest wx forecast:

- CHIHUAHUA - CUU (Snow for tomorrow)
- DURANGO - DGO (Snow for tomorrow)
- SALTILLO - SLW (Today and tomorrow)
- MONTERREY - MTY (Snow for tomorrow)
- ZACATECAS - ZCL (Snow for tomorrow)
- SAN LUIS POSTOSI - SLP (Snow for tomorrow)

People in those cities please go grab a camera and take pictures!

Ricardo APM

Ricardo Morales - flyAPM - ¡No es que maneje rapido, solo estoy volando lento!
User currently offlineAirtran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3811 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3136 times:
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sure they have de-icing equipment. It's called the sun.

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User currently offlineMtyfreak From Mexico, joined Apr 2004, 377 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3059 times:

Well, It is snowing right now here at my place in MTY so I really hope that the airport has a Deicing kit because I'll be traveling tomorrow to Cancun, we'll see what happens, my car is covered with ice so the planes might be as well

Only here for the beer...
User currently offlineEddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 8224 posts, RR: 42
Reply 4, posted (11 years 5 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2950 times:

It does snow in Mexico. Snow in many regions of Chihuahua, Durango and San Luis Potosí is a very common occurrence almost every year. It snowed in Mexico City many, many years ago once. And during the past few years maybe it hasn´t snowed but it sure has slushed in the high areas around Mexico City and in places like Toluca. And by the way, just like year El Ajusco looked like Austria in January for one or two days.

Next flights: MEX-MZT AM E90; TIJ-MEX AM 788
User currently offlineN405MX From Mexico, joined May 2004, 1378 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (11 years 5 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2876 times:

No de-ice in MTY, they used to have glicol tanks for a manual de-icing, but then got prohibited due to some problems with the tanks.

CUU was under snow, AM cancelled a flight because their plane got stuck there, also the highway MTY-SLW got closed due to the snow and ice on the road

Yesterday no snow in the airport, only few cristals, but the apron was frozen, some of the jetways where stuck  Pissed because of the oil got iced and they had to heat it  Sad

Let´s see what happens next week .....

Life is what happens when you have other plans.....
User currently offlineSFOMEX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 5 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2860 times:

I'd be a waste of taxpayer's money. Yet, it surely would be nice to see MEX having a "white day" once in a while.

User currently offlineMtyfreak From Mexico, joined Apr 2004, 377 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (11 years 5 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2765 times:

Thanx for the info N405MX

Only here for the beer...
User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (11 years 5 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2753 times:

Surprise....Surprise.....warm weather climate airports can and do de-ice certain areas of an airplane...RSW has been know to "de-ice" planes and heres why. The cold fuel in the wings(while on the ground) and the warm humid climate creates a frost on the leading edge of the wings. I have been"de-iced" twice at RSW before push-back in the 90's. Once on a TWA DC9-50 and once on a DL MD-80.
It was explained to the pax by the flight crew what was happening and why.
A truck is not used like in northern cities but a tank on wheels, like a larger than average scuba tank. The de-ice solution is sprayed on with a nozzle like spraying weeds or bugs in your yard. I have seen only the leading edge of wings sprayed and it takes about 5 minutes for the whole operation. This does not happen on all flights in the south but only ones that the crew feels necessary.

Wonders never ceased do they?
Please don't reply and say it never or does not happen. It did..twice and I was there..

If two people agree on EVERYTHING, then one isn't necessary.
User currently offlineGreenguy01 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 5 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2750 times:

I've heard that in places like TPA and MCO that some airlines take delays on the originating flights waiting for the sun to come up to melt the frost on the wings.

Never argue with an idiot. They drag you to their level and beat you with experience.
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