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Colorado Airport Finds Use for Snow, Improves Safety

Monday, January 21, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

The Steamboat Springs/Bob Adams Airport in Colorado says they've successfully tested a new method of snow removal that's safer and more economical than just plowing it out of the way, which it began implementing in December after the city's Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department agreed to loan the airport a snowcat.

The process also has eliminated the usual icy bank that pilots might have expected to find after overshooting the runway safety area at a mountain airport.  Pilots landing in Steamboat Springs now find several inches of sand-like material in that area, which airport manager Mel Baker says can safely stop and support an airplane if it leaves the runway.

Read the full article in The Steamboat Today about two pilots who unexpectedly, but thankfully tested a successful idea.