De-Ice and Air Canada to trial chemical-free de-icing

De-Ice partners with Air Canada resizedDe-Ice has named Air Canada as its first customer to use its electromagnetic technology to de-ice aircraft more sustainably.

The technology will be used on Airbus A320-family with tape-like strips attached to the exterior of the aircraft, which connect to the proprietary electronics inside the aircraft.

When activated by the pilot, the system generates high-frequency current, causing electrons on the surface of the aircraft to jiggle, generating heat, melting snow and ice during the boarding process so the aircraft is ice-free and ready for take-off by the time it is pulled back from the gate.

The De-Ice system uses a semi-conductor called gallium nitride to generate a high-frequency current using devices that weigh an order of magnitude less than traditional equipment.

De-Ice says before gallium nitride, transistors capable of generating high-frequency current were made of silicon, which is too inefficient to be used for this application.

The technology means aircraft can be de-iced without using de-icing fluids and it reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Alexander Bratianu-Badea, Co-Founder of De-Ice, said: “De-Ice is proud to introduce our product to the world with Air Canada. Flight delays and the excess carbon emissions caused by chemical-based de-icing will be a thing of the past.”

Murray Strom, Senior Vice President Flight Operations and Maintenance at Air Canada, added: “Not only will De-Ice technology be positive for our customers by reducing delays related to the conventional method of aircraft ice removal, but the environmental benefits of chemical-free de-icing and associated lower fuel consumption are in line with Air Canada’s commitment to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050.”

Mercury GSE places historic order with JBT AeroTech

Mercury GSE resizedMercury GSE has placed a large order for GSE with JBT AeroTech, the largest order for GSE since the end of the pandemic.

The order consists of a range of GSE products including pushback tractors, cargo loaders, air conditioning units, heating systems and more.

The companies say the solutions will contribute to smoother, more efficient air cargo operations and improve the safety and reliability of ground handling processes.

They say the strategic relationship will help airports and airlines to streamline their ground operations, reduce operational costs, improve the passenger experience and support green initiatives by offering state-of-the-art, energy-efficient equipment.

Jason Gendron, CEO of Mercury GSE, said: “As the aviation sector rebounds from the pandemic, our investment in the latest GSE technology underscores our commitment to supporting our customers and partners with the most advanced solutions available.”

Christian Eitner, Region Director of JBT AeroTech, added: “We’re honoured to be part of your journey and remain committed to customer success. This milestone reaffirms our strong collaboration, and we’re excited about the opportunities ahead as we continue to serve the GSE industry.”