Meet the team that deices planes before takeoff


While most of were keeping an eye on the roads Wednesday night, some were looking to the skies.

It was a busy day for the line crew at Yingling Aviation.

KSN’s Tiffany Lane tagged along in one of their trucks, as they deiced nearly 25 planes at Eisenhower Airport.

“I enjoy spraying,” said Steven Wood, a line service technician for Yingling Aviation. “It’s a lot of fun.”

He’s one of the men out in the elements.

“I’m not gonna lie, I’m a little bit afraid of heights,” said Wood. “But, I feel good as long as I have my harness on, and I’m in the bucket.”

His partner for the day, was the man behind the wheel, Josh Peach.

“We use an orange fluid that you usually see steamrolling off of it,” said Peach. “It’s sprayed on really hot. Then, we go back around and we spray a green fluid sticks to the wings. And, then when they take off the speed pushes the fluid off of the wings.”

“We deice all types of aircraft, all the commercial aircraft as well as anything in general aviation,” said Dennis Simmons, line service director for Yingling Aviation.

Even in the cold conditions, Steve and Josh make the best of it.

“We’re the last ones to take a look at that aircraft before it takes off,” said Wood. “It’s up to me to make sure everyone gets out of here safely and on time.”

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