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          Aviation Industries’ Next Frontier “Threshold Deicing”, A Game Changing Development.


Aviation Safety Research has developed and engineered an innovative and comprehensive winter operations FAA Airport Improvement Program, Snow and Ice Control Plan Part 135 and 212 Certificate Holders Deicing Program for improved deicing efficiency and public safety.

The innovative element of the plan being:
1. “Remote Centralized Aircraft Deicing Facility” FAA standards and recommendations for “Threshold Deicing” will virtually eliminate entirely the necessity for the continued use of hazardous and corrosive chemicals.

2. Virtually eliminate all flight cancellations and delays while maintaining regular flight departure intervals, every 1.5 to 2 minutes at the busiest of International Airports of North America during winter weather events of 45 mi./h wind velocity with freezing rain and ice pellets to the point when weather conditions merit shutting down the airport.

3. Data Link: “Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System” (ACARS)
FAA: "Communication among all personnel involved in the deicing/anti-icing of an air carrier's aircraft is critical to ensure that the pilot has the information needed to make the final determination that the aircraft is free of adhering contamination before flying.

4. “Remote Ground Ice Detection System” (ROGIDS) edition elevates the need for ice detection cameras for infra-red deicing structures from optional to recommend.
Advanced state-of-the-art industrial grade infrared thermal imaging and monitoring camera technology manufactured today far exceeds sensitivity performance capability of previously tested 1990s systems.

5. Innovative Deicing Equipment Upgrade. The improvements in deicing efficiency is due to a specifically designed deicing apparatus fitted with a 150-foot articulating boom operating from a stationary position. A necessity to facilitate the functionality of the remote centralized threshold deicing program procedures. Mobile deicing trucks moving about the aircraft poses a hindrance to the expedient nature of the procedure, and a breach of aircraft and vehicle ground traffic safety protocols.

6. Remote Mobile Ground Traffic Control Tower, vitally necessary to ascertain an expedient, streamline and safe coordination and synchronization of aircraft ground movement and placement. A requirement of the FAA approved Remote Centralized Aircraft Deicing Facility Safety Guidelines to by visual observation of all aircraft within the operations area, orchestrating taxiing with the aid of ground signaling devices in addition to voice communication.

7. Passenger, Flight Crew and Ground Operations Personnel Safety. The principal componence of this Deicing Program, by strictly adhering to and complying with the invaluable public resources of the governing aviation agencies, the FAA, ACRP, EPA, CFRs and OSHA recommendations, guidelines and approved flight safety standards prioritizes safety as mandated by Congress. FAA indicated to the Government Accountability Office, that developing an integrated approach to effectively manage winter operations is among its top challenges related to aviation icing incidences.

Aviation Safety Research, after four years of extensive research, development and engineering has developed an innovative and comprehensive winter operations FAA Airport Improvement Program, Snow and Ice Control Plan Part 135 and 212 Certificate Holders Deicing Program for improved deicing efficiency and public safety.

ASR independent investigation and research exposes’ idiosyncrasy characteristics of the aviation industry, and government agencies, resulting in inconsistent compliance with federal safety regulations. An understandable dilemma of a bureaucratic industry to collate, to note points of agreement and disagreement. Extensive observation of the current method and practices of aircraft ground deicing efforts employed by airports and deicing contractors currently throughout the aviation industry revealed innumerable public safety and operational deficiencies.

The known issues, concerns and complaints have been examined, argued, weighed and well documented, consisting of over 5,000 pages within the past 8 years, authorship of which being Government Agencies, Aviation Industry and Airport Associations, US Air Carriers, Aircraft Manufacturers, Environmental Associations, National and Local Media Publications. Type your paragraph here.​


Aviation Safety Research

Mona  Tate,  Research Assistant

​​Contact: Henry Doyle  218-344-5300hdoyle@aviationsafetyresearch.org

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ASR Associate Membership & Affiliates

 Aircraft Deicing Innovations


Airports Council International-NA, Committee Member
Transportation Research Board, Affiliate Member
National Academies of Sciences, Affiliate Member
​Airport Cooperative Research Program, Committee Member
National Business Aviation Association, Member 
​Society of Automotive Engineers-International, Member

Henry Thomas Doyle, Research Director
Leslie Milici, Chief Research