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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : phl|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Any Unknown or Unlisted Aircraft Manufacturer|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Navigation In Use||Other |
|Flight Phase||climbout : takeoff|
ground other : taxi
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Qualification||pilot : cfi|
pilot : commercial
pilot : instrument
pilot : atp
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 200|
flight time total : 14000
flight time type : 3500
|Function||oversight : airport manager|
|Qualification||other other : other|
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
|Airport||procedure or policy : unspecified|
Several days since any measurable snowfall at phl, chemical and some sand had been applied. Runway 27L used for departures. First 6000 ft dry and clear 50 ft either side of centerline due to numerous departures. But the last 4000 ft was snow-covered over ice. No attempt had been made to even scrape the loose snow off it. No mention of mumeter readings or braking action on any ATIS field condition report. No plows anywhere in action despite some loose accumulations that could have been removed despite very cold temperatures. I have extensive experience in midwest snow and cold winter operations. In my opinion the conditions could have been much better if correctly and promptly treated by phl airport operations equipment and personnel. I believe this is the beginning evidence of airports sacrificing safety by cutting back on snowplow operation and chemical treatment expense due to budget problems. I feel we will see more and more of this in the future. A number of mild winters has masked the situation until now.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: RPTR CITES LACK OF TREATMENT AND PLOWING OF THE DEP END OF RWY 27L AT PHL.
Narrative: SEVERAL DAYS SINCE ANY MEASURABLE SNOWFALL AT PHL, CHEMICAL AND SOME SAND HAD BEEN APPLIED. RWY 27L USED FOR DEPS. FIRST 6000 FT DRY AND CLR 50 FT EITHER SIDE OF CTRLINE DUE TO NUMEROUS DEPS. BUT THE LAST 4000 FT WAS SNOW-COVERED OVER ICE. NO ATTEMPT HAD BEEN MADE TO EVEN SCRAPE THE LOOSE SNOW OFF IT. NO MENTION OF MUMETER READINGS OR BRAKING ACTION ON ANY ATIS FIELD CONDITION RPT. NO PLOWS ANYWHERE IN ACTION DESPITE SOME LOOSE ACCUMULATIONS THAT COULD HAVE BEEN REMOVED DESPITE VERY COLD TEMPS. I HAVE EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE IN MIDWEST SNOW AND COLD WINTER OPS. IN MY OPINION THE CONDITIONS COULD HAVE BEEN MUCH BETTER IF CORRECTLY AND PROMPTLY TREATED BY PHL ARPT OPS EQUIP AND PERSONNEL. I BELIEVE THIS IS THE BEGINNING EVIDENCE OF ARPTS SACRIFICING SAFETY BY CUTTING BACK ON SNOWPLOW OP AND CHEMICAL TREATMENT EXPENSE DUE TO BUDGET PROBS. I FEEL WE WILL SEE MORE AND MORE OF THIS IN THE FUTURE. A NUMBER OF MILD WINTERS HAS MASKED THE SIT UNTIL NOW.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.