Deicing with Infrared

This article describes the operation and purchasing of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s (PANYNJ) $9.5 million infra-red (IR) plane de-icing system at the John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). As the airport has surged in use, with 31.7 million passengers in 2003 to 42 million in 2006, operators have been making efforts to keep runways open longer and to allow for more wintertime flights. Airport operators have made a deal with the supplier to operate and maintain the system for 20 years, its service life, although the structure’s only moving parts are cooling fans. The supplier is also responsible for finding customers for the system, and five of JFK’s airlines are enrolled. The system can process five to seven aircraft per hour, which is an improvement over glycol systems.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 28-29
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  • Accession Number: 01042881
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 22 2007 12:53PM