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With the advent of global "warming" does Qantas need to update its Business Continuity Plan? Perhaps ensuring the de-icing fleet is operating effectively during the winter months?
Member since 28 Oct 2011
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include VA too...as VA delayed flights out of ADL this morning due to wing ice
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Member since 16 Jun 2011
Total posts 226
Global Warming and the need for more de-icing equipment Who would have thought
Pretty sure there are other weather events that have a more significant impact on their business that this! A storm in Sydney causes problems all over!
Irregular extreme weather patterns are a symptom of global warming as suggested by research undertaken by Tokyo University and Japan’s national Institute of Polar Research as published in the journal Nature.
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Member since 19 Mar 2014
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I suspect the question is somewhat loaded?
I'm less qualified to answer this question moreso than any other question I speculate on Ausbt!
Loaded in what way?
Member since 02 Jul 2011
Total posts 835
What de-icing fleet? I think the MEL/ADL events are very infrequent
The vans that carry the de-icing solvent and they spray on place to prevent ice forming on wings.
Apparently the reason for the delay in Melbourne this morning is due to the de-icing van (?) being inoperative. That was the announcements heard in the lounge.
Sorry for the typos...early start and too much coffee!!!
That's the loaded element, you already knowing the van needed an upgrade.
Can't imagine that announcement would have gone down well!
Ah right! For a moment there I thought you're suggesting climate change was a loaded element!
Yes you are right, I was being somewhat sarcastic.
Member since 19 May 2014
Total posts 22
Hi there all, Can I please clarify a few things for all you guys.
First of all we (Qantas) Do Have a De-Ice Truck, It's purpose is to remove the ice, that has formed on the wing and keep the critical part of the aerofoil (wing) ice free for a pre determined time post 'De-Ice', for a safe take off and flight.
Our Truck is the best you can buy, it sits on an US F650 F-truck Platform. The truck is currenlty working at half the capacity, the issue we have is sourcing parts. Since no Australian firm can make a quality De-Ice truck/unit, we sourced one form the US. Therfore all parts are from the US. Also please bear in mind the truck, sits idle 10-11 months of the year, with no use apart from our daily checks. However this doesn't strain the unit like a proper De-Ice would.
This winter in Melbourne (Melbourne Airport) we have encounted more sub zero nights, than I can remmember. I have personally De-iced over 30 aircraft in July alone. Trust me I work 2days and 2 nights as part of my roster, The nights have been freezing.
I know for a fact we are the only company in Melbourne with a De-ice truck, As we continually are requested to De-Ice other operators, including Virgin, Jetstar and Emirates.
I hope I have clarified some issues for you guys, and please be aware we are doing our best for all of our customers.
If you have any further questions I am happy to help.
I am an Aircraft Engineer employed by Qantas, however I am also a self funded, Full Fare (Not Staff Travel) Qantas FF Member, who travels like all of you.
Surely the German's make a more reliable unit? ;)
Riley, you are probably right, however this is the first time it has failed in over 5 years. wouldnt really call it unrealiable.
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