No need to freeze at Bangor

A U.S. Air Force Airman assigned to the 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, McChord Field, Wash., operates from the cab of a mobile truck mounted deicer to apply deicing fluid to the tail of a C-17 Globemaster III on the flightline here Feb 22 in preparation for a mission. Deicing provides protection against ice buildup and snow contamination of critical control surfaces, engine inlets, and sensors on the aircraft prior to launch. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Abner Guzman)

Bangor International Airport (BGR), Maine, has ordered a Global ER-2875 de-icer, specifically designed for larger aircraft such as the Airbus A-380, Antonov An-225, C5 and C17 military airplanes and similarly large cargo aircraft.

Manufactured by Global Ground Support, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of aircraft de-icers, the ER-2875 has the longest side reach and highest cab/nozzle height of any mobile de-icer in the world, bringing the operator’s eye level as high as 78 feet.
Using a hydraulically-driven centrifugal compressor mounted on the operator platform, the de-icing system uses forced air, either alone or in combination with de-icing fluid, to remove all forms of frozen contamination from the critical surfaces of the aircraft.

“What this allows is better visual inspection of the aircraft when cleaned and, from the pilot’s standpoint, a speedier de-icing process and turn-around,” says Bangor International Airport assistant airport director James Canders. “The extra 10 feet of boom will be particularly valuable on larger military and cargo aircraft with a T-tail configuration.”

Located on America’s north eastern seaboard, Bangor International Airport is the closest US port of entry from Europe.