> Somewhere, sometime ago I saw this neat idea where all planes
> about to take off went through a tunnel about one hundred
> feet in length. The inside of this tunnel had tons of infra-red
> heating elements, ( sort of like a gigantic pizza oven ) and
> de-iced the plane at just the appropriate time, ( instead of
> every fifteen minutes at the terminal ).
Rochester NY is a test area for this setup. They have a "structure" that
kinda resembles a large, somewhat flat topped A frame, and very deep. The
unit actually looks to be metal framed with a cloth looking skin. There are
infra red elements hung from the ceiling (more like a large broiler
actually). Haven't had the opportunity to see it in use yet, but I suppose
that as soon as winter hits here again (Mid August!!), It will be seeing a
lot of use.