Contrails15 From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 1181 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2354 times:
We are lucky enough to have de-icing trucks with closed buckets but for some of you out there that de-ice in open buckets, I tip my hat to you. I've always worked in a closed bucket with heat mind you. I'll be the first to admit, we are spoiled, but those of you still using open buckets, I don't know how you do it. I felt the need to write this in the middle of the de-icing season as we got our fair share of snow in NYC and as I de-ice in my comfy bucket, there are those that are out there getting there share of being covered in glycol in freezing temps. So on that note, anyone got any good de-icing stories.
Soxfan From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 869 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2349 times:
I was recently on a flight from BOS that was de-iced by a man in an open bucket. He didn't even have glasses on, I felt really bad for him. I guess all the enclosed-bucket trucks were in use or unavailable. That really must be painful.
Pilot: "Request push, which way should we face?" JFK Ground: "You better face the front, sir, or you'll scare the pax!"
Jlbmedia From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 623 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2349 times:
I apologize to all of the "thread purists" as this is a little off topic. Who are the de-icers employed by and who owns the de-icing equipment. also who covers the liability for the de-icing process? Are the employees on stand-by or do they do other jobs until de-icing is needed?
Contrails15 From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 1181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 1997 times:
I work for B6 and we use our own people for de-icing at JFK, BOS and IAD. Those are the cities that I know is in-house. Here at JFK, we also will bring in the FDNY to drive the trucks because we just don't have the man power to run all the trucks. They get paid nice, something like $22 an hour. In the cities that we don't have our own people, we use a service company and I'm pretty sure its a fixed price to use them for the winter.
Mayor From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 10600 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 1976 times:
In SLC, it is DL ramp that does the de-icing.
I remember, pre DL/WA merger, that we (DL) did our own de-icing, too. We had a truck that was one of a kind on the system. It was custom built in the ground maintenance shop at ORD and so, parts were hard to come by.
Anyway, one night (approaching midnight) in the dead of winter, with the ramp having a coating of hardpacked snow on it, I had just finished de-icing the tail of our 727 to ATL, when the motor that powered the pump quit. We couldn't get it restarted, so, I was stuck up in the air, as high as the bucket could go. They backed the truck, away, and as they did so, the boom was swaying as the truck went over the lumps in the snow. It was pretty cold up there and was something I'd rather not experience, again.
"A committee is a group of the unprepared, appointed by the unwilling, to do the unnecessary"----Fred Allen
DocChaos From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 84 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1909 times:
I'm from a smaller city station, and every airline has open bucket de-icers. Each airline (ground handler) owns their own de-icer (or 2) . ( FL, MQ, 9E, OH x2 )
We would love to have a closed bucket, but those usually seem to be reserved for hub operations, and the big cities.
Brandonfs88 From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 177 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1826 times:
We have a open bucket truck here. I personally don't mind spraying or driving. Lately I've been driving more mainly because some of the people i work with on my ramp days aren't comfortable driving the truck, but if it's heated and enclosed in the winter I'll take it any day When we would remote deice Saabs up in Marquette-Sawyer i always got stuck driving because no one else would want to talk to the tower to get permission to go on the Taxiway.