A view from inside the "Ice House" (Yes, its called the Ice house) As you can tell we did not pick a good day weather wise to tour this world renowned 65 acre facility. The trucks are out there waiting for the weather to turn. Temperatures were up to plus 10 C. Should have waited a day. Today much of Northern Toronto is engulfed in heavy snow showers.
This cartoon was posted on an office door in the CDF (Central Deice Facility)
I thought it was cute. When leaving the facility one of the operators (they were all grouped into a room much like fireman waiting for a call) and asked me, "hey do you guys still call this place, the Central Delay Facility?" I answered back with a big smile, "we are paid by the minute so we love this place... cha-ching, cha-ching..."
This truck was specifically modified with a nozzle to spray under the wing and to deice engine intakes.
A couple of students got to take this deicer for a spin. Not really, but they did get pretty high with one of the employees. All 31 trucks at the CDF are steered by the operator in the "cab," thus only requiring one person. This can be very alarming to some pilots who sit in smaller aircraft such as the RJs. Particularly from the carriers south of the border who infrequently visit this place . One manager told us how a few pilots got very excited on the radio when they saw the deicer approaching them with no driver! Apparently, the passengers get a little apprehensive as well.
Maybe I'll make an announcement to that effect next time. Hey, it's only February and I'm certain I'll be there a few more times.
The class of 2011 with the 1.5 million dollar Beta 15 posing in the background.
We watched two great videos. One was done by the Discovery Channel on deicing the goliath A380 and the other on the complexity and intricacy of this facility.
This truck is capable of mixing the hot water and gycol concoction for type one. Plus it carries hundreds of liters of type IV.
One day a pilot asked for both type I and Type IV. The CDF was at a loss as to why he needed type IV when no precipitation fell. The captain came back and said the ATIS mentioned moderate mixed icing was reported at 10,000 feet. Oops. Back to ground school for this guy. Type IV is designed to sheer off on take roll so by the time the pilot got to 10,000 feet no Type IV would be on the airplane. Doooh...
It was also mentioned on one particular day, they were launching off 33 Right which was a very short taxi from the CDF, but everyone required the bright green florescent TYPE IV fluid due to extensive snow showers. There was so much fluid sheering on the take roll that the "landers" reported braking to be poor. Because of it, the CDF sent out the GRVs (Glycol Recovery Vehicles) a.k.a "slick lickers" (think huge vacuum trucks) to suck it all up. Captain Doug was in that line up! It was the first time I noticed the extent of type IV anti-icing fluid on the runway.
Even though we didn't see any actual deicing yesterday I think the class got a very good tour.