Every winter, adverse weather causes delays to aircraft movements at airports across the world. But what if there was a more efficient, safer and cost effective option to keep airports open during these snow storms?
In Norway, the first ever autonomous snowploughs have been developed to do just the job. In March 2018, at Fagernes Airport, 200km North West of Oslo, trials took place to prove the concept that you could have a series of snowploughs clearing snow from the runway and surrounding taxiways in such a way that even during the most severe storms, the airport can remain open throughout.
These snowploughs needed to have a reliable cellular connection and accurate GPS positioning to operate.