The Prince George Airport Authority manages a livery of powerful equipment and efficient vehicles to keep our runways, facilities, parking, and grounds in excellent condition.

Snow Removal

Snow is a major concern at YXS, and our maintenance team prioritizes its removal.

Ensuring consistently safe, clear runways and runway end safety areas (RESA) requires heavy-duty specialized equipment. Our team of professionals deftly clears the snow from around the runway lighting systems without damaging the lights. Heavy snowfalls are plowed or swept to the edges of the airstrip and subsequently blown well clear of the area into our extensive snow fields. Slick runways are thoroughly de-iced and sanded to ensure traction for takeoff and landing.

Public-access (groundside) areas are equally important here at YXS. We want to ensure that all passengers, crew, transportation vehicles, and airport staff have safe access, even in the worst weather. All pathways, sidewalks, roadways, and parking areas are regularly cleared and sanded.

Our Airside Snow Removal Vehicles

  • A dedicated snow blower capable of clearing 5500 tons of snow per hour
  • A nimble, multi-purpose grader fitted with a plow and blades
  • Three multi-purpose snow clearance vehicles that can either blow or sweep the snow, as necessary
  • Three multi-purpose loaders fitted with buckets or 6-way blades
  • A heavy-duty dual-axle truck with a 22-foot plow
  • A flatbed 1-ton truck with a sand spreader

Our Groundside Snow Removal Vehicles

  • A multi-purpose snow clearance vehicle that can be equipped with a plow, sweeper, or bucket
  • Two smaller sweeper/plow machines designed for clearing narrow pathways and sidewalks
  • A dump truck fitted with a plow and sander, as well as a de-ice applicator

Grounds and Perimeter Maintenance

When the weather warms up, our maintenance team stays busy, managing the more than 100-acre airport property. We have a fleet of vehicles for clearing dirt and detritus after the snow melts or post-construction cleanup, mowing the green spaces, and keeping all vehicle and pedestrian access routes clean and unobstructed. Additionally, specialized tasks, like transporting heavy or unwieldy items (used in construction or storage)  dock loading, levelling earth, or hauling dirt, are easily accomplished with these powerful machines.

Our Grounds Maintenance Vehicles

  • A dedicated street sweeper
  • Two smaller sweepers designed for clearing narrow pathways and sidewalks
  • A multi-purpose vehicle that can be equipped with a sweeper, mower, or bucket
  • Two multi-purpose tractors, equipped with mower decks
  • A multi-purpose 4 x 4 off-road vehicle (UTV) with a dump box and winch
  • A nimble, multi-purpose grader
  • Three multi-purpose loaders fitted with buckets or forks
  • A 1-ton flatbed truck
  • A dump truck

Hauling and Construction Projects

As YXS grows, we are constantly improving our buildings and maintaining a safe airstrip and grounds. Regular construction projects require strong and versatile machinery. Transporting heavy loads in all areas of the airport also calls for the right vehicles. Our maintenance hanger is home to specialized machines that can haul, load, clear, and grade for any Airport Authority projects. Our well-trained crew skillfully drives (and maintains) these substantial vehicles, helping to ensure that every project is efficient and successful.

Our Heavy-Duty Vehicles

  • A multi-purpose vehicle that can be equipped with a bucket
  • Two multi-purpose tractors
  • A nimble, multi-purpose grader
  • Three multi-purpose loaders fitted with buckets or forks
  • A heavy-duty dual-axle truck
  • A 1-ton flatbed truck
  • A dump truck

Transportation and Support

Everyday YXS maintenance tasks can be accomplished with our fleet of light-duty vehicles. Escorting, airfield inspections, wildlife control, runway condition assessments and reporting, and general Airport Authority transportation fall to these trucks. Each of these machines is equipped with a beacon, control tower radio, and internal communication system. Some are further fitted with computers. Our off-road vehicle is designed for perimeter fence checks and other rough-terrain projects.

Our Lightweight Vehicles

  • Two computer-equipped pickup trucks for monitoring surface conditions
  • One general-use pickup truck
  • A general-use SUV
  • A multi-purpose 4 x 4 off-road vehicle (UTV) with a dump box and winch