For me, peace of mind began with identifying the functions that are most important to achieving efficient snow removal. As I’ve stated many times, approach your equipment procurements with tenacity. For one, the blower (the most important piece of equipment in snow removal) has to have performance efficiency , user-friendliness, and maneuverability ahead of its time. It must be able to keep up with equipment like Boschung’s JetBrooms that are efficiently cleaning in front of them at 25-35 mph. Secondly, you should demand safety, excellent customer service, parts availability, and overall trust in the equipment to meet and exceed the demands of your airport.
Come April, what could be better than amnesia?
The past should be but a brief reflection as you will not have the time to dwell on it.
Part of that reflection may be knowing that your airport dared to take the first step, a big leap, or a different path with its snow removal equipment. I know one airport that did. They accomplished something that no one had done before, and all others thought untouchable. Let me introduce to you the first of their kind in the United States, the SNOW WOLF by Airport Technologies and Kahlbacher. Not to let the “cat out of the bag” but 2 other major airports worked hard to get their hands on these “one of a kind” blowers as well. Once you have one, the light will go on and a dynamic change in how you remove snow will quickly manifest itself. You can find out who by stopping by the Airport Technologies booth at the Buffalo Snow Symposium.
It is easy to live with our eyes focused on the scenery of the past and not on what lies ahead. In airport snow removal, I highly recommend keeping your eyes on the present.
The art of rebuking your snow equipment failures is easy when you take blame for almost everything that goes wrong. When the time comes, and it will, accept that 60% of what goes wrong during a snow season is your fault. Insist on that, because when you lay claim to your airports snow removal problems and aplogize for them, the airport agrees that you are the problem and they become more forgiving than usual. A touch of reverse psychology never hurts. Once you do accept that percentage of responsibility, you can then stop wasting time debating who is 40 % at fault and start the creativity versus destruction process.
What happy airports know that unhappy airports don’t about snow removal.
It’s an expensive education as some airports feel it is wiser to follow in the footsteps of other airports. Most can learn through their difficulties and mistakes, but that is a costly way to learn. Those airports will suffer while they learn, and the airlines associated with them suffer as well. All too often, an airport is unwilling to listen to experienced airfield personnel about their equipment needs. Instead they set out to show every one what they can do on their own and end up needing help to get out of trouble.
A difficult winter may remind you that there are times when following a well-trod path makes life a lot easier. Other times as you know, it is much wiser to find a new path. There are many so called guides working with airports who think they can show you the way through difficulties, but when their ways do not fit with your airport, it is then time to strike out on your own. Your goal is not to impress your peers or prove something to anyone else. With that 60% acknowledgement I spoke of, you are the only one you need to impress and be comfortable with.
FINDING THE POWER YOU NEED TO MAKE CHANGES
Information about equipment is not power. It does not change anyone. The people (or guides) with the most information about airport equipment inadequecies are all to often NOT the ones working hardest to solve them. It is the airports that are affected by those inadequecies and that should be motivated to change things. They alone have the power to change by doing their homework, and a little math.
MEASURING VALUE OF A PRICE OFFERING
To properly assess the value of Airport Technologies Inc. price offering , it is important to consider and understand the most important aspect of what you desire from a HIGH PERFORMANCE RUNWAY SNOW BLOWER.
This is really quite simple. Torque dedicated to the blower is what determines real capacity. This is what separates AIRPORT TECHNOLOGIES from their competitors as they are the only company in North America that DEDICATES 1,050 HP & more importantly, 3,447 Ft. LBS of TORQUE to the blower head impeller. This is why AIRPORT TECHNOLOGIES “Snow Wolf” meets or exceeds the Performance Specifications and will give you the capacity to blow 7,500 tons per hour @ 25 mph offering a great value per ft. lb. of torque. Many claim this to have this same value but again, it’s simple math. No one else in North America touches this.
POWER COMES FROM INSPIRATION
Inspired companies work with airports to get things done.
2 COMPANIES–1 ADVANCED SNOW BLOWER