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VO for a french teaching document can be seen here french version:
you will do only VO parts....
Quite simple project!
Will have to use phone, skype or any good way to remote assist recording...
finals to be send by ftp or email...
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The workday invariably starts with the weather-forecast analysis. Two main aspects are discussed: precipitation type and wind direction.
Given that planes always land into the wind, this last bit of information is key, since it indicates which runways are in use. Once the information has been received, the Field maintenance supervisor can form teams, assign tasks and issue instructions. His aim is to keep things running smoothly while respecting safety standards.
Safety is of prime importance on the tarmac. Straying onto runways is to be avoided at all costs. And to avoid incidents, radio communication is vital.
Snow removal in the manoeuvring areas and aprons is regulated by Transport Canada. No matter how light the snow, ice or slush, the best possible conditions must be maintained on all surfaces used by aircraft.
Light snow and mild temperatures usually call for abrasives. Runways and tarmac coating work is supervised at all times, in part due to the high cost of de-icers like potassium acetate. Liquid potassium acetate is used both as a preventive and curative.
For thin ice, liquid acetate is applied in combination with a granular de-icer. This adds moisture to the granules, improving their adhesion and reaction time. Snow removal at Montréal’s airports is divided into two main sections: the runways and the tarmac.
Clearing the runways consists of removing all contaminants to make the runway as safe as possible, and as soon as possible. The aim is to avoid closing the airport at all costs. Even temporary closure can have huge human and economic repercussions.
Runway snow removal is planned by the Field maintenance supervisor and the NAV CANADA control tower supervisor. Working within the deadlines given by the ground controller and runway co-ordinator is vital. Failing to comply can mean landing queues and delays.
Once the control tower supervisor has okayed snow removal from a given runway, the co-ordinator or team leader puts the operators in sequence, assigning a specific position to each man in the convoy. When they reach the runway, the operators indicate that they are ready and waiting off to one side. The runway is bounded by stop bars, wig-wags and signs that prohibit unauthorized entry.
Traffic lights on service road 630 are used to safeguard runway 10-28. When not flashing, they require vehicles to stop; if they flash, vehicles can pass after coming to a full stop and checking right-to-left.
Snow is generally plowed with the wind, not against it. If not, the snow can build up on the runway as fast as it’s removed. The operators always work in a convoy. The number of vehicles may vary, but the standard configuration is three plows with sweepers, a snowblower, three more plows with sweepers and another blower.
In storm conditions, more blowers might be used. The snow is blown onto the ground beside the runways, being careful not to bury the lights. The plows are equipped with Teflon blades to avoid tearing off or damaging the recessed runway lights, which are a crucial visual aid for pilots during rain or snow. A runway can be closed if two consecutive lights are missing or defective.
Once snow removal is completed, the co-ordinator submits a runway surface condition report – or RSC – to the ground controller. If the situation warrants, the co-ordinator must also include the snow’s depth. Successive brake index tests, used to check runway friction, complete the report.
You can’t overstate the importance of removing snow from the runways. Given a crosswind of just 5 knots and a contaminant presence of over 25%, NAV CANADA takes no responsibility for takeoffs and landings. These decisions are then up to the pilot and his airline.
Runway snow removal also includes clearing the taxiways. The taxiways leading to the most heavily used runways are cleared first.
Snow clearing on the taxiways is preliminary. Only when precipitation stops is a more thorough clearance undertaken and the taxiway entrances dug out and widened.
The tarmac is cleared of snow to allow aircraft to taxi safely through the apron and manoeuvring areas to the gates. Unlike the runways, snow on the tarmac is collected and taken to the dump. The tarmac is the nerve centre of the airport grounds. A highly technical zone, its sections have specific names: the Horse shoe, rectangle, centre ramp, east bay, west bay, ECHO parking lot and north ramp.
When no aircraft are present, snow removal at the gates is efficient and thorough, leaving little snow. The snow is pushed to the double white safety lines. When planes are present, snow removal is slower and cannot be fully completed until the aircraft leaves. The snow is first pulled out, then pushed to the double white safety lines.
Snow must be properly removed from the gates, not just for security reasons, but also to facilitate the use of equipment by the baggage handling staff. These vehicles are generally low and heavy, with little traction, just like the loading bridges.
The last step is to clear snow from the guidelines that let the plane taxi safely to its final destination. Snow is pushed to the double white safety lines, then collected.
The ground maintenance crew’s mission doesn’t stop there. Vehicle corridors and pedestrian accesses, such as sidewalks and stairways, must also be cleared.
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