As part of their efforts to develop and implement environmentally acceptable technologies in aircraft deicing, the FAA and PANYNJ jointly funded a project by Radiant Aviation Services to construct a radiant deicing facility at JFK International Airport. The purpose of the facility is to deice departure bound aircraft by non-conventional means, eliminating the application of Type I glycol and minimizing the environmental impacts to existing stormwater systems. The melting technique employed utilizes patented energy process units (EPUs) which target infrared electromagnetic waves to the aircraft fuselage and wing components and melting the ice.
The facility at JFK is constructed in a confined area, capable of handling ADG V aircraft up to B747-300 series. The project was implemented under a design-build delivery system contracted through the PANYNJ.
Hatch Mott MacDonald’s primary role on the project involved responsibility for the foundation engineering and pavement marking designs; construction review of the civil, foundation, and structural steel components; and resident inspection services for the complete installation. During construction, HMM provided support services including attending progress meetings, reviewing construction submittals and shop drawings, and responding to RFI’s.
In addition, HMM assisted with project management functions related to technical matters, Tenant Alteration Applications (TAA) submittals and approvals by PANYNJ, and review of the contract between PANYNJ and RAS.