ENABLING THE SOUND OF FREEDOM!
CATCHING UP WITH MECHANICAL TRANSPORT FLIGHT – OPERATION BLACKTOP
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW OUR AIRCRAFT ARE ABLE TO FLY WHEN ITS ICY AND SNOWING?
Over recent months RAF Leeming has experienced numerous snow and extremely cold days, which brings complex challenges regarding airfield operations. When snow or ice is forecast, a specialist team from the Stations MT Flight
is deployed as part of OP BLACKTOP at the request of ATC and Stn Ops to treat aircraft operating surfaces.
The team, comprising of Service and civilian personnel are on call 24 hours a day throughout the winter months ready to deploy RAF Leeming’s two Liquid Airfield De-Icing Sprayers (LADS) at a moment’s notice.
Primarily used for ice prevention, each asset also has the ability to be adapted for snow clearance with the fitment of a snow plough. Costing £255,000 each and holding a maximum capacity of 10,000 litres of anti-icing / de-icing agent, these vehicles can lay up to 500 litres per minute of product in either 3, 12 or 24 metre spray patterns.
After one particular heavy snowfall in mid-January, the MT Team spent over seven hours removing snow from our snow covered airfield, and I’m sure you will agree looking at the photos that their hard work and determination is certainly noticeable.
And now you know how we keep our runway at RAF Leeming clear of snow and ice.