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Red Deer Airport Improves Runway Safety

March 11, 2013 – The Red Deer Airport (YQF) has enhanced runway safety by using modern runway surface condition reporting to share local winter airfield conditions quickly and efficiently.

Earlier this month, the successful transmission of the airports surface condition report, which includes important information regarding pavement conditions, temperature and snow accumulation, and is vital to pilots, was completed electronically through a wireless connection to the NAV CANADA web-service known as ‘SNOWIZ’.

“This system is improving our ability to communicate the status of our airport to the aviation community is very important to our growth and demonstrates our ability to play an important role in Canadian aviation and meet international standards” states RJ Steenstra, Red Deer’s Chief Executive Officer.

The WinterOps™ system provides the capability to easily create graphic based surface condition reports from our airfield inspection vehicle and to send these reports wirelessly. The system allows our airfield personal to actually see what is happening with the surface conditions in real time so they can make critical decisions regarding surface maintenance requirements” states Steenstra. “We are very excited about adding the additional available capabilities to this platform, for other aspects of our year round airfield inspection and maintenance duties.”

The WinterOps™ system from Team Eagle is part of a suite of products designed to assist airfield operations personnel with the safety, inspection and maintenance requirements unique to the airfield environment, and includes capabilities for surface condition reporting, airfield lighting/signage, chemical management, bird and wildlife, FOD, safety management systems, incursion management, and low visibility navigation.

“Our partnership with the Red Deer Airport is very important to us and the team at the airport are terrific to work with” says Paul Cudmore, Team Eagle’s General Manager. “We have benefitted by increasing our airfield knowledge and enhanced our product offering because of the collaboration with the Red Deer Team”.

Team Eagle is a world-leading supplier of airfield solutions that target airfield management, maintenance and operations.  We sell and support industry best snow and ice control equipment and develop customized software to assist with incursion management, DEVS navigation, SMS, and runway condition reporting. Please visit or call 1-866-241-3264.

Red Deer Airport – Serving Central Albertans, Red Deer Airport now offers scheduled service through Northwestern Airlines to Kelowna, Abbotsford and Fort McMurray. With 51,000 aircraft movements, YQF continues to be one of the busiest regional airports in Canada and a vital and vibrant transportation link for Central Alberta. The Red Deer Airport Authority is a not-for-profit, non-share Capital Corporation incorporated under the Alberta Regional Airports Authorities Act. Since 1992, it has been responsible for the management, maintenance and development of Red Deer Airport.

For further information please contact:

Paul Cudmore, Chief Operating Officer
Team Eagle
RJ Steenstra, MBA, AAE

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