Winter runway maintenance equipment was upgraded

08.10.2019

Tallinn Airport Maintenance Service will face the winter season with new runway cleaning and maintenance equipment purchased with the support of the Cohesion Fund as part of an air traffic area development project.

In recent weeks, 40 Maintenance Service technicians have been trained on the new runway cleaning machines specially designed for the Tallinn Airport. The runway maintenance equipment kit includes 6 units of runway maintenance equipment with a brush and a blower coupled to a road tractor with a snow plough. New technology with wider ploughs and larger working widths allows larger areas to be serviced with optimized runway equipment and employees to work faster, more economically and more environmentally friendly. The machines are manufactured at the Norwegian factory Øveraasen AS.

As part of the CF project, the stationary aircraft handling equipment will be transferred to the airport this week. This equipment is unique and necessary to increase the airport’s rescue capability and to ensure the airport’s operational readiness. The personnel of the Tallinn Airport Maintenance and Rescue Service have received the appropriate training at the official RESQTEC training center and additional on-site training.

But that’s not all! A completely new self-propelled snowblower kit and chemical spreader will be launched this winter as part of an air traffic development project. Procurement is underway to construct a warehouse for airport de-icing equipment (chemicals). Special equipment for storing and handling de-icing fluids and granules will be installed in the warehouse. The warehouse will be completed within a year.

To monitor the new aerodrome light system and to ensure that the runway lights are in good order, the airport will soon be acquiring a special mobile measurement device that allows performing periodic measurements to verify the luminous intensity of the lights.

In May next year, the fleet of the Rescue Service will be supplemented by a new rescue vehicle. As a result of the international procurement, the well-known Austrian company EMPL manufactures a fire-fighting vehicle that meets Estonia’s requirements.

All these investments will cost the airport more than EUR 8 million, 50% of which will be covered by the Cohesion Fund.

The introduction of the new and more efficient technology will ensure more efficient operations of the airport, better operational readiness, prevent possible environmental pollution and support the protection of the natural environment of the airport.