The Ice Queen Is A Little Sick Of This Already

It was really coming down again last night. I spent several hours in the bucket, on a few different planes. Being a diligent blogger, I also took my camera so that I could take you with me.

This is my view from the bucket, down to my driver. Our headsets aren’t working very well, so there’s a lot of shouting for now. Plus hand gestures. Most of them are rated PG. I keep the “Rated R for language” stuff up there in the bucket with me. No one can hear you yell over the wind and the engine anyway. Which is good, because some of it is most unladylike.

I liked this shot because you can sort of see the green Type IV fluid dripping down the fuselage. We spray a really hot Type I fluid to get the contamination (aka snow and ice) off of the aircraft first. Then we follow it up with the goopier (yes, that’s a technical term) Type IV anti-ice fluid to keep the build-up off for a while so the plane can get down the runway and take off safely. It’s tough when the precipitation continues as you’re spraying, because it reduces the time that the stuff is effective.

And that, boys and girls, is your de-icing lesson for the day.

No Responses to “The Ice Queen Is A Little Sick Of This Already”

  1. cyberangel
    January 9, 2009 at 8:13 pm #

    Wow, do you have a scary job! And in the nastiest of weather. Thanks for the pics,they give a great visual of what you do.Be careful!

  2. rob
    January 6, 2009 at 1:34 am #

    Wow!!! 😮 I`m “agog” thanks for the photos (brit air too?) I will never complain about cleaning my boat again! you obviously don`t get “verdigreas” from the height :o)) I use shouting on my boat and yes its usually PG rated but thats just getting on and off her :o)) (not really). I`m impressed! You really do have my vote (if you ever needed it that is) When taking photos for Planning applications for coaster/rides etc and their installations I used to use the post hoists with a tape measure or two to get the accurate height for photos of the tree lines too and view angles and there was alway a damn fool archetect who would ask if they could come up in it and Boy did I have some fun wriggling it around and telling them stories of the other one that crashed to the ground! Tee Hee, they got back down ok but were usually green or sick I used to be a “horrbilus personus” not any more, Tee Hee