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Chilly Weather Costs Airlines
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - So far this Winter, there have been 58 days with precipitation at the Eastern Iowa Airport.
That means plenty of flights have needed deiced before they head out. On Friday, CBS2/FOX28 caught a Rockwell Collins flight being deiced early in the morning by Landmark Aviation. On a snowy day, the deicing process is two-fold. An orange liquid is applied first and is used to deice the plane and then the a green liquid is used to prevent ice from forming. Both liquids are a form of the chemical, glycol.
The process isn't cheap. For a flight like Fridays Rockwell Collins flight to take off, the deicing cost is, on average, about $2,000. The cost depends upon how much work needs to be done to clear the aircraft. It's something pilots and travelers said makes them feel at ease.
I think they do a good job deicing the airplanes, I'm happy they do the job, otherwise, I wouldn't be here, Maarten Halma said as he prepared to travel home to the Netherlands.
Tim Kroeze, a Sr. Captain with Rockwell Collins Flight Operations shared the sentiment.
You do get behind schedule, but that's really secondary to the safety involved before you get airborne with making sure you have a clean airplane, Kroeze said.
Watch the video attached to learn a little more about how deicing actually helped Kroeze find love.