O'HARE SNOW REMOVAL: GETTING THE MOST FROM THE LEAST

Despite the fact that it spends disproportionally less of its budget for snow removal, O'Hare is able to provide relatively efficient winter service through prudent management which provides enough slack in the budget to deal with emergencies. The year-round staff is only 32 people, but it is augmented during the winter months by 40-50 drivers from the Chicago streets and Sanitation Department who would otherwise be unemployed. On an as-needed basis, the airport can further strengthen its snow removal force by contracting with private companies for drivers, trucks, loaders and graders. Great cost savings are also realized by prolonging the life of every piece of equipment in the snow-removal fleet. Rebuilding a still-sound older vehicle will cost much less than what a new one would. During snow emergencies, activity is coordinated by a "snow deck" of five people: three to handle telephone and radio communications, and airport operation supervisor to coordinate snow removal on the field, and a member of the Air Transportation Association snow committee. This group plots out the entire snow removal effect with respect to the peculiarities of the storm and conditions that prevail at the moment, e.g. types of aircraft in operation. In constant communication with the tower and air operations, as well as with snow crews and maintenance operations, they log runway closing, dispatch the proper equipment, and generally coordinate their forces with the needs of the airlines and terminal management. Afterwards they discuss and critique how the equipment was used, how the operation was run, problem areas that arose and how they might have been avoided, and any other aspects of the operation which might help in future planning.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Lakewood Publications

    731 Hennepin
    Minneapolis, MN  United States  55403
  • Publication Date: 1978-9

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  • Accession Number: 00183879
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 11 1979 12:00AM