KIAH completely hosed right now


#1

30+ planes on the tarmac waiting deice because of unexpected snow (I’m on COA1659 as we speak at #8 in line at 9:15pm Central on what was supposed to be a 5:20pm departure). If you were planning to catch a flight out of KIAH tonight, you might want to reconsider.


#2

http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd208/robbreid/CanadaMoose-1.gif Sounds horrible!!!


#3

As a follow up, My 520pm departure finally took off close to midnight on Weds. I spent a total of 7 hours (including the flight itself) on a 733 for a flight which normally takes 45 minutes. Talk about some pissed off people when we finally landed.

In a situation like the one described, who would be at fault? Does the airport itself control the deicing or does the airline have their own crews?


#4

The Pilot in Command of each aircraft, it is his sole discretion as to ‘de-icing’ of his/her aircraft. As for who does it, every airport is different.

Either the airlines has its own crews, or it is sub-contracted to ‘whomever’ is available or has contracts/partnerships with.


#5

The Ground Stop that night was annotated as being for Continental aircraft only. It could have been that COA was just not prepared to deal with ice at all.


#6

Wonder how many qualified de-icing personal were on duty that day? One must be checked out before he or she squirts and aircraft.


#7

I worked for an FBO at YYZ, and de-iced many aircraft. I had a fellow ramp worker show me in two minutes how to fill the de-icer, what temperature to set it for, how to turn on the nozzle, how it moves - that was it.

Not one word on what to spray, what to look for etc., I would ask the pilots exactly what they wanted, and would have them stay with me while I sprayed - because I didn’t have a clue what I was doing!!!

FAA de-icing info

Canadian guidelines

Free NASA online course re; pilots, icing on ground

NASA in-flight icing free online course


#8

I work the ramp in YYJ. The past two days it has been snowing and very cold (for Victoria!). I work for a contract company and we handle WestJet and Horizon Air. Last night, we had to de-ice several WestJet flights and two Horizon flights. For WestJet, they have their own truck, specifically for de-icing (heated, VHF radios, all sorts of fancy stuff). For Horizon, we have to use a “Kangaroo” which is basically a cherry picker towed around by a tug. It is very interesting to watch aircraft being de-iced. Here in YYJ, like IAH, we hardly ever get snow, so our de-icing takes forever! If you want to know a little more, shoot me a PM.