With an ever-increasing versatility of Valtra machines, we are determined to go forward also in the airport segment to serve the international, regional, local airports with our solutions. Whether they are maintenance tasks during the summer time or runway clearing operations in the winter time, Valtra has proven-solutions for the airport operators.
The special features of airport maintenance call for a specific vehicle; safety issues, large working areas, long transits, need for big fuel capacity, utilization of several implements and the comfort for the workers can all be handled with a Valtra Unlimited tractor.
Airport runway consist several hundreds of different lights for different purposes. Lights need maintenance and especially winter time they need to be cleaned properly from snow. Thats why snow ploughing is not enough, special tools are needed with plough & sweeper / brush combinations
Runway edge lights are on average 43cm high and thats why special tool is needed to clean snow around lights properly. This task can be completed well with light bar sweeper on a tractor.
Light bar sweepers are designed especially for cleaning snow from light bars along airport runways. The equipment can be used as a normal plough for removing snow between the light bars, and the middle parts of the main wings are then moved aside to brush the light bars with two sweepers on both sides. The snow is then removed by the rear wings for further ploughing. Light bar sweepers can be used with medium-sized tractors. Combined with auto-guidance system and reverse driving system the work can be done very accurately, quickly and easily.
Grassland areas need to be kept short and tidy at the airport. Both sides of the runway are especially vital due to the fact that animals such as birds and rabbits tend to do nests in higher vegetation, which will cause a safety risk for safe take-off and landing of airplanes.
It can be difficult to imagine, but smaller airports can easily have around 50 ha of grass areas and bigger airports have hundreds of hectares that need to be maintained – many times per year.
A Valtra tractor with Auto-Guide and a towed rotary mower is the perfect combination for this task. Driving back and forth using long straight A-B lines with no unnecessary overlap between the passes makes the work easy and effective. By using Auto-Guide one will save time because overlap is kept to a minimum and the work quality will be impressive because the driver can focus more on the implement and the surroundings, looking for obstacles from the Valtra cabin, which in fact has a market leading visibility and comfort.
What if there was one machine that can safely, conveniently, and quickly handle all the changing needs of airport maintenance? Tractors can easily replace trucks in airports due to their versatility and suitability for airport applications and the vast working area.
The build of a tractor is optimal in terms of visibility, comfort, ergonomics, and quality of the work. The list of implements possible to fit on a tractor is nearly endless, and so is the list of tasks Valtra can handle.
By focusing on Valtra’s multi-purpose vehicle strategy, the costs of the investments and operations can be reduced by up to 30%. The truck-based de-icing equipment or blower sweeper cost the same as a Valtra equipped with the same hardware.
Increase user comfort
The user gets the benefits of a comfortable cab with a great visibility to the implement. With the help of features such as auto guidance, the operator can focus on securing the quality of the work.
Valtra has a European coverage for the customer support, with 935 locations forservice and spare parts. With high production volumes, the machines are durable and easy to maintain. The spare parts are available for older machines.
For the aviation industry the environmental aspects are ever more important. Valtra’s machines can be operated with renewable fuel and the equipment come with the latest emission reduction equipment. The machines are produced by using mostly locally sources components to minimize the impact of transportation in CO2 emissions.