Erickson Air Crane was called in to drop snow on the Vancouver winter games after a week of rain and unusually warm weather melted the white stuff at some elevations below 4,000 feet. Erickson has been using one of its S-64 Air Cranes to move 13,000-pound loads of snow to cover bare ground at several area ski and snowboard venues, including Cypress Mountain and Mount Black.
Erickson Air Crane was called in earlier this week to dump snow on the venue for the Vancouver winter games after a week of rain and unusually warm weather melted the white stuff at some elevations below 4,000 feet. Erickson has been using one of its S-64 Air Cranes to move 13,000-pound loads of snow to cover bare ground at several area ski and snowboard venues, including Cypress Mountain and Mount Black.
Eurocopter AS 350B2E, Haines, Alaska, April 12, 2009–The NTSB determined the cause of the Coastal Helicopters crash to be the pilot’s failure to maintain clearance from snow-covered terrain during the landing approach in flat light conditions. The AS 350, which was engaged in helicopter skiing operations at the time of the accident, sustained substantial damage when it collided with the snow-covered glacier as
Cessna Caravan 208B, Bethel, Alaska, Jan. 15, 2008–The Grant Aviation Caravan touched down between the runway and the taxiway in the snow removed from the active surfaces; the Safety Board blamed “the pilot’s selection of unsuitable terrain for landing.” Contributing factors were snow-covered terrain, blowing snow and flat lighting conditions.
Sikorsky on April 10 announced that the FAA has certified the Sikorsky S-76C++ for operation in falling and blowing snow. FAA testing requires that the aircraft spend 20 minutes on the ground with the rotor turning during blustery snowfall, five minutes in low-altitude hover in a recirculating snow cloud and one hour in level flight.
HAI is warning its members that a dry, warm winter across the Northwest and even the record winter rainfall in the Southwest have created conditions that indicate this year’s wildfire season could be extreme.
DuPage has 10.8 million sq ft of pavement, including runways, taxiways, ramp area, roads and parking lots. When it snows, field crews clear an area equivalent to 102 miles of two-lane road. According to Michael Masciola, director of business development and marketing for the DuPage Airport Authority, the airport has won numerous awards for its snow removal prowess.