A frequently repeated aphorism about the month of March claims, "In like a lion, out like a lamb!" This certainly was not the case a few days ago when I was flying out of Providence, Rhode Island. Winter, it seems enjoyed a last hurrah shrouding New England with varying depths of snow. It was only 15 cm (6 inches) in Providence, not enough to cancel flights, but inconvenient enough to have to deice. While waiting to board a Southwest Airline flight, I saw the deicing crew spraying the plane with deicing fluid, and happily I had my camera handy.
The fluid sprayed is usually a Propylene or ethylene glycol that expedites the melting of the snow and ice... especially on the wings. In order for airplanes to get "lift," the wings must have the proper cross-sectional profile — a curved surface on top of the wing, and a flat surface on the bottom. This way air rushing over the top of the wing has to travel faster — in order to cover a greater distance in the same time — than the air passing across the bottom surface. Bernoulli's Principle in physics explains that the difference in the velocities of the air on top and bottom will create greater upward force on the bottom of the wing than downward force on the top. Thirty years ago a commercial airplane just taking off from National Airport in Washington, DC, fell into the Potomac River with a number of lives lost, precisely because of ice buildup on the wing that changed the cross-sectional profile of the wing. The expression "deicing" (or "de-icing")has been part of the American vocabulary since Air Florida Flight 90 fell into the Potomac 30 years ago.
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ChrisJ (92225) 2013-03-23 7:43
So far this March we've had 2 complete melts of all the snow in Erzurum, but it's snowing again at the moment and doesnt look like stopping anytime soon. Good sharpness and nice warm cold color contrasts between the red and blue. The terminology 'deicing' is new to me. Will have to google it. Have a nice weekend!
npecanhuk (58284) 2013-03-23 7:45
Glad you had your camera with you at that moment and I really enjoyed your idea for this one!
Colors, exposure, vertical format and composition truly pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your week-end,
ACL1978 (6871) 2013-03-23 7:52
I'm about 40 miles north of Providence, Bulent, and that storm canceled schools and dumped almost a foot of snow on us! Sorry to hear you had some flight delays, but you got a great shot at a decisive moment here as the crews deice the jet. Not a job I think I'd want, but certainly a necessary one. Nice framing on this, and a most informative note from a scientist. Thanks!
worldcitizen (6025) 2013-03-23 7:54
It's good to see that they were diligent with the deicing! Nice capture of the action, combined with the bright colors of the airplane. It's interesting to see the worker actually spraying, and the way the spray covers the fuselage. Winter doesn't seem to be loosening its grip; there might be more snow here on Monday!!
snunney (75164) 2013-03-23 8:31
A well-framed daily life composition that concentrates the attention on the action. The saturated colours of the aircraft sit well against the rather dreary background buildings.
Royaldevon (23448) 2013-03-23 9:01
A great shot and quite original.
Your chosen angle works really well, drawing the viewers into the shot, where there is much to learn, all sharply captured.
The bright colours of the plane, and of the figure's uniform, make a strong contrast with the surrounding greys.
It is very cold, here, at the moment. The snow is falling steadily and being whipped into freezing circles and deep drifts by a relentless wind.
Hope your w/e is warmer,
tober (8797) 2013-03-23 9:51
Merhaba Bülent Hocam, hep merak etiğim ama bir türlü öğrenemediğim işlemin bilimsel açıklamasını sayenizde öğrenmiş oldum. Yine hem görüntülü, hem de açıklamalı katkınızla belgesel nitelikte bir çalışma sunmuşsunuz. Sayglar.
rbassin (14499) 2013-03-23 10:51
Joli cadrage sur l'action de dégivrage et les belles couleurs de l'avion.
chrisvek (6997) 2013-03-23 16:31
Wow!What an amazing and so unique composition here.Awesome colors and contrasts.The amount of saturation is also splendid.Great framing and POV!
Have a great weekend
emka (67401) 2013-03-23 18:33
Hi dear Bulent,
interesting scene and as always excellent note. Nice colours of the aircraft and presentation.
I would like to observe deicing of my garden but it seems I will have to wait for it. Today night we have minus 13, strange cold for the end of March. We say: in March like in the pot, it means a bit of winter, a bit of summer. But not this year.
bukitgolfb301 (33540) 2013-03-23 21:18
Hi dear Bulent, how are you?
Another dynamic and tasteful image from you. Very well cropping makes so impressive atractiveness at all. Great idea to choose vertical format as your taste.
Thanks and have a good Sunday!
Takero from Tokyo
Sonata11 (31885) 2013-03-23 23:11
very beautiful and very interesting scene you presented to us. Magnificent work. Tfs and thanks for interesting note.
All the best and have a nice Sunday,
Mondaychild (378) 2013-03-24 1:10
this photo shows us a interesting contrast. There is the grey atmosphere of March (a "lion" in this case), which looks rather triste.
On the other hand, there is the very colorful airplane.
You don´t show us the full airplane, only a part of it, but it will "continue" in the "Southwest" (at least it would be Southwest if this photo was a map!)
The note about what the man in Orange is doing is interesting too.
JFS (32457) 2013-03-24 1:33
Curious image and decisive moment that you bring to us with hight quality and taste. Thanks Bulent!
claudeD (28303) 2013-03-24 8:51
this winter time this job had to be done very often even here in Luxembourg at our airport. I like the fresh colors and the perrfect sharpness of your picture.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
holmertz (33585) 2013-03-24 12:40
The atmosphere is the same grey of winter as in my part of the world, but the brightly painted airplane enlivens the view tremendously. The man in orange is well placed and the cloud of spray has become a very nice part of the composition. I think that decades ago there were a couple of crashes in Sweden before this technique was as developed and routinely used as today. It has probably saved a lot of lives.
jhm (130710) 2013-03-25 4:32
This is very dangerous when the plane not is ice removed.
One week ago is here in Belgium an crash with a small plane alone through not remove of ice.
A lovely daily life picture with perfect sharpness and clarity taken.
Very well composition, nice presentation. TFS.
marina7 (7801) 2013-03-26 11:11
I'm freezing just looking at your picture. Not that it's much different from what's going on outside here:)) I guess there'll be no spring this year and we'll proceed from winter straight into summer:)
Great "action" shot of a daily life scene, perfectly captured just from the right spot!
marabu61 (6303) 2013-03-27 15:39
Merhaba Bulent bey
Oh yes, winter seems to go on forever this year, even over here it was snowing today as well.
As an airline employee I can quite appreciate the work that goes behind all that deicing procedures in these days. It is a good document of a busy work day for the maintenance guys. Brilliant colors on the Southwest planes though.
have a good evening
zoomer (6) 2013-03-28 17:27
Hi,love this energetic and colorful daily life scene.Our spring too is slow in coming.Friendly regards,Wolf.
Didi (52509) 2013-03-30 19:48
Hi dear Friend
Interesting airport scene
Shower plane to get out the snow
Very good frame quality
Warm regards and Happy Easter
papagolf21 (81008) 2013-03-30 23:35
Bonjour, cher ami Bulent,
Heureusement la technique a évolué pour la sécurité de tous.
L'image est excellente et rend bien compte de la préparation de l'avion avant le vol.
Le cadrage est fort bien pensé également.
Bonnes fętes pascales.
nikkitta (10492) 2013-03-31 20:03
Great capture, just at the right moment, that s why is clever to have always a camera at hand
In this weather the contrast with the bright colors of the plane are eye catching
Well and quick done with an interesting note
Warm regards and all the best for the incoming week
Just add another word to my english,"delcing", thanks
kato (10603) 2013-04-04 12:15
You're writing a good article for expediting the melting of the snow and the origin which gives it to wings. And, you're capturing well this spectacle by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the spectacle in which a worker is sprinkling the chemical's spray to the wing of plain from lift. And, the whole is harmonized well by a good color combination, too.
Bluejeans (64247) 2013-04-09 5:49
Ola Bulent ,
Uma boa cena de vida diária neste aeroporto com este homem a tirar a neve com jacto de propylene do aviăo , bonitas as cores, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
ktanska (23172) 2013-04-12 11:30
Good tightly cropped shot of the aircraft and work needed to keep it in operation.
I bet those Northeasthern guys would prefer to be somewhere in Southwest at that moment!
We are getting sleet at the very moment here in Tampere. But it really doesn't matter anymore, it is spring anyway!
Gigidusud (11709) 2013-04-16 7:53
Hello dear Bulent,
Great action scene well captured .Original shot,well done!
ikeharel (47056) 2013-05-19 1:33
This is the most importent step to prepare on winter flight, Bulent, especially in freezing conditions.
If ice not remove from wings and fuselage - amn airplane could not gain elevation/lift needed to fly, and consequences maybe disastrous...
Nice spotted the action by the worker, fabulous blue and red.
Have a nice sunday,
*** Added this to my "people at work" theme.
serp2000 (35136) 2013-08-16 23:30
30 years ago??? Oh, my God! I remember the Soviet newspaper's photos of that tragic event.
Very interesting photo of the de-icing process.
I am going to the US on September. This is my first visit of the Western Semisphere.
mirosu (10234) 2013-09-08 23:28
Excellent airplane detail photo with very nice colors, perfect light, very good clarity. The anti-icing action add an excellent life to the scene. Well done.
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (33913)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-03-19
- Categories: Event
- Camera: Nikon Coolpix S9300
- Exposure: f/5.8, 1/40 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): People at work [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-03-23 7:20