Executive Summary

Summary

 

What would happen to 
the industry if everyone acted like Bryan Gordon of Transport Canada, who’s responsible for 
the Toronto airport? 
 
\"We added a fifth wheel to our new fleet of tow-behind runway sweepers,\" Gordon says, \"and 
removed the conventional tow bar.”The result was better operator control of the sweeper, 
which reduced damage to the sweeper, reduced damage to the taxiway, pavement markers 
and runway lights, and increased safety because the sweeper can now be backed up with 
minimal assistance.\" 

Maintenance people\\\'s livelihood is associated with breakdowns, repairs and corrective actions. 

Bryan Gordon of Transport Canada, in-charge of Toronto Airport added a fifth wheel to the new 

fleet of tow-behind runway sweepers and took out the conventional tow bar. This made the 

operational control of the sweeper better, which reduced damage to the sweeper, reduced 

damage to the taxiway, pavement markers and runway lights, and increased safety because the 

sweeper can now be backed up with minimal assistance. Thus, a new approach to an old 

problem can remove the need for ongoing maintenance input. Also, most maintenance 

departments are under-crewed. Maintenance improvements like this can help bring the 

workload in better balance with the existing workforce. 

 


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