Hard work goes into keeping airport runways clear of snow - KULR8.com | News, Weather & Sports in Billings, Montana

Hard work goes into keeping airport runways clear of snow

Posted: Updated:
BILLINGS, Mont. -

Crews are still working on clearing off the streets after all of the snowfall. But what about the airport runways?

So far, we haven't had any flight cancellations, but that has to do with airport crews who are working hard to keep the runways clear.

From what our Tanya Modersitzki seen, the runways are totally clear. You can see the black pavement.

That's because nonstop, during this storm, crews are working hard to make sure the snow is completely cleared. My video is a little shaky because i was filming in the truck.

Crews of six people at a time work 12 hour shifts, day and night, around the clock, to make sure flights can get off the strip and land. One person is clearing off the terminals and streets while the rest are on the runway.

Mick McCarthy, the Lead Airfield Maintenance worker at Billings Logan International Airport, calls the process an organized circus..

He says the first pieces of equipment out in storms are three runway sweepers. Generally, they're the last piece back too, and travel in a pack, following one another to make sure all of the snow is gone.

"When we're out there sweeping and plowing and blowing you have a bunch of different things going on at the same time and the wind is generally blowing, so the snow goes up in the air and blows around everywhere, and we just always have to keep track of where everybody is so we don't run into each other out there," McCarthy said.

But McCarthy says using the radio to communicate and knowing the runways by heart really helps avoid collisions. If you head to our Facebook page, I went live during my ride along and you can catch more information there.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Security procedures at MetraPark will include metal detectors during PBR

    Security procedures at MetraPark will include metal detectors during PBR

    Thursday, April 19 2018 11:04 AM EDT2018-04-19 15:04:07 GMT

    Any item on the prohibited list will not be allowed in the arena. If these items are found during the security check, they will need to be returned to your vehicle or thrown away.

    Any item on the prohibited list will not be allowed in the arena. If these items are found during the security check, they will need to be returned to your vehicle or thrown away.

  • Tester, Daines Honor Senator John Melcher’s Life

    Tester, Daines Honor Senator John Melcher’s Life

    Thursday, April 19 2018 10:15 AM EDT2018-04-19 14:15:45 GMT

    Senate Passes Resolution Commemorating Melcher’s Commitment to Montana

    Senate Passes Resolution Commemorating Melcher’s Commitment to Montana

  • Fundraisers to be held for motorcyclist hit by vehicle

    Fundraisers to be held for motorcyclist hit by vehicle

    Thursday, April 19 2018 1:30 AM EDT2018-04-19 05:30:13 GMT

    A fundraiser is organized to help the man who was injured during a crash that happened one week ago on Aprill 11th. Police said David John Fischer ran into the side of a car while riding his motorcycle.

    A fundraiser is organized to help the man who was injured during a crash that happened one week ago on Aprill 11th. Police said David John Fischer ran into the side of a car while riding his motorcycle.

  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Fundraisers to be held for motorcyclist hit by vehicle

    Fundraisers to be held for motorcyclist hit by vehicle

    Thursday, April 19 2018 1:30 AM EDT2018-04-19 05:30:13 GMT

    A fundraiser is organized to help the man who was injured during a crash that happened one week ago on Aprill 11th. Police said David John Fischer ran into the side of a car while riding his motorcycle.

    A fundraiser is organized to help the man who was injured during a crash that happened one week ago on Aprill 11th. Police said David John Fischer ran into the side of a car while riding his motorcycle.

  • Suspensions ordered for 3 Billings police officers for having sex on city property

    Suspensions ordered for 3 Billings police officers for having sex on city property

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 11:44 PM EDT2018-04-19 03:44:51 GMT

    Billings Police Chief Rich St. John confirmed three Billings police officers admitted to having sex on city property with an employee of the department.

    Billings Police Chief Rich St. John confirmed three Billings police officers admitted to having sex on city property with an employee of the department.

  • Mother says MET bus nearly hit children heading to school

    Mother says MET bus nearly hit children heading to school

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 10:13 PM EDT2018-04-19 02:13:53 GMT

    Students crossing Lake Elmo Drive to get on their school bus were nearly hit Wednesday morning. It wasn't a car that allegedly nearly hit the kids but a Billings MET Transit bus.

    Students crossing Lake Elmo Drive to get on their school bus were nearly hit Wednesday morning. It wasn't a car that allegedly nearly hit the kids but a Billings MET Transit bus.

  • Herberger's to close in Great Falls

    Herberger's to close in Great Falls

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 4:09 PM EDT2018-04-18 20:09:28 GMT

    GREAT FALLS - Another store is shutting its doors in the Electric City.  This time it's due to the liquidation of its parent company.  All Herberger stores across the nation will be closing.  A U.S. bankruptcy judge is expected to decide today on the acquisition of the Bon-Ton stores chain. The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. was operating 260 stores in 24 states, largely in the Northeast and Midwest, when it filed for bankruptcy in January. Stores in Havre, Kalispell, Billings,...

    GREAT FALLS - Another store is shutting its doors in the Electric City.  This time it's due to the liquidation of its parent company.  All Herberger stores across the nation will be closing.  A U.S. bankruptcy judge is expected to decide today on the acquisition of the Bon-Ton stores chain. The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. was operating 260 stores in 24 states, largely in the Northeast and Midwest, when it filed for bankruptcy in January. Stores in Havre, Kalispell, Billings,...

  • Governor declares State of Emergency for flooding

    Governor declares State of Emergency for flooding

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 8:25 PM EDT2018-04-19 00:25:18 GMT

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Runoff from a winter that approached or exceeded record snowfall across much of Montana is washing out roads, flooding fields and spilling rivers and streams over their banks much of the northern part of the state.

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Runoff from a winter that approached or exceeded record snowfall across much of Montana is washing out roads, flooding fields and spilling rivers and streams over their banks much of the northern part of the state.

  • Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Company, Payscape, Opens Greenville, SC Office

    Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Company, Payscape, Opens Greenville, SC Office

    Atlanta-based financial technology company, Payscape, announces the grand opening of their office in Greenville, South Carolina and the first graduate of their Manager Candidate program, Rick Merritt. The office is...
    Atlanta-based financial technology company, Payscape, announces the grand opening of their office in Greenville, South Carolina and the first graduate of their Manager Candidate program, Rick Merritt. The office is located...
  • Latest from BIA on the officer-involved shooting in Lodge Grass

    Latest from BIA on the officer-involved shooting in Lodge Grass

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 12:03 PM EDT2018-04-18 16:03:55 GMT

    Sunday night, KULR-8 broke news that a man allegedly armed with a knife was shot and killed by a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer. Tuesday, KULR-8 also learned BIA's protocols when it comes to police shootings involving their agency.

    Sunday night, KULR-8 broke news that a man allegedly armed with a knife was shot and killed by a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer. Tuesday, KULR-8 also learned BIA's protocols when it comes to police shootings involving their agency.

  • A boom, a whoosh of air and then terror on Flight 1380

    A boom, a whoosh of air and then terror on Flight 1380

    Thursday, April 19 2018 8:07 AM EDT2018-04-19 12:07:49 GMT
    (Marty Martinez via AP). In this April 17, 2018 photo provided by Marty Martinez, Martinez, left, appears with other passengers after a jet engine blew out on the Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 plane he was flying in from New York to Dallas, resulting i...(Marty Martinez via AP). In this April 17, 2018 photo provided by Marty Martinez, Martinez, left, appears with other passengers after a jet engine blew out on the Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 plane he was flying in from New York to Dallas, resulting i...
    The terrifying string of events on Flight 1380 brought out acts of bravery among passengers and crew and drew across-the-board praise for the pilot.
    The terrifying string of events on Flight 1380 brought out acts of bravery among passengers and crew and drew across-the-board praise for the pilot.