Date of Award

Fall 2000

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Aeronautical Science


Aeronautical Science

Committee Chair

Mr. Donald Hunt

Committee Member

Dr. Tim Brady

Committee Member

Dr. Mary Snow


The purpose of this study was to review new aircraft deicing technologies and developments and surmise which approach may be the most appropriate for the Dane County Regional Airport’s (KMSN) expansion plans, size, available funds, and environmental impact reduction efforts. This paper focuses on the emerging glycol source reduction issues that may be most suitable for this particular airport. A new deicing technology at KMSN would reduce the amount of aircraft deicing fluid used, allow for effacing flight operations, limit environmental impact, and lessen the costs of maintaining and operating the current glycol fluid recovery and treatment system.

Storm water discharge regulations are becoming increasingly stringent at airports in the United States. The FAA requires aircraft deicing when weather conditions warrant. The EPA requires that glycol fluid be collected and treated prior to proper disposal. Passenger safety is the foremost concern for airports and airlines and is the cornerstone by which all aircraft deicing decisions are made. The advent of new more environmentally-friendly aircraft deicing technologies is facilitating the balance between aviation safety and environmental protection.