New de-icer finds favour at Bangor International airport

Written by: Alwyn Brice |
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The Royal Air Force was one of the first to take advantage of the faster de-icing and even quicker turnarounds that are now the norm, following the purchase of a Global ER-2875 de-icer by Bangor International airport, Maine.

Dubbed the Beast from the East, the de-icer has the longest side reach and highest cab/nozzle height of any mobile de-icer in the world, bringing the operator’s eye level to an impressive 78 feet.

Specifically designed for larger aircraft, such as the Airbus A-380, Antonov An-225, C5 and C17 military aircraft, as well as similarly large cargo aircraft, the ER-2875 has a total fluid tank capacity of 2,800 gallons, with a flow rate of 60 gallons per minute.

With a hydraulically-driven centrifugal compressor mounted on the operator platform, the
de-icing system uses forced air, either alone or in combination with de-icing fluid, to remove all forms of frozen contamination from the critical surfaces of the aircraft.

“What this means is better visual inspection of the aircraft when cleaned and, from the pilot’s standpoint, a speedier de-icing process and faster turnaround,” explains the Airport Director, Tony Caruso. “The extra ten feet of boom will be particularly valuable on larger military and cargo aircraft with a T-tail configuration.”

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