Airport equipment

Our range of airport equipment solutions comprises all of the tools needed to remove snow from runways, taxiways and aircraft parking areas. To meet your needs, we offer you snow ploughs, solid and/or liquid de-icing solution spreaders as well as bespoke vehicles equipped with between axle center sweepers and/or blowers.

Based on standard 4×2 or 4×4 vehicle chassis, these airside snow clearance vehicles combine various mechanical actions for clearing snow from large surface areas in record time. This concept lets users perform three to four different snow removal actions, whether separately or simultaneously, using a single vehicle.

Three main vehicle configurations meet the needs and the demands of airport operators.

3Task PBJ

  • Snow plough blade
  • Between axle center sweeper
  • Blower (Air Jet)

3Task PBD

  • Snow plough blade
  • Between axle center sweeper
  • Liquid spreader

4Task PBJD

  • Snow plough blade
  • Between axle center sweeper
  • Blower (Air Jet)
  • Liquid spreader

1. Snow plough blade

Arvel snow plough blades are available with a range of structure technologies: One piece blades, telescopic blades and separate element blades. They are mounted with polyurethane or rubber scrapers, with positive or negative angles of attack.

2. Between axle center sweeper

Between axle center sweeper brushes measuring 650 to over 900 mm. The system’s automation helps the operator to drive thanks to a synchronized work cycle and self-adapting settings that simplify turnaround operations at the end of the runway.

3. Blower (Air Jet)

The core of the Air Jet system is an blower turbine driven hydraulically by the carrier engine and ensuring excellent quality cleaning even at low engine speeds. During the vehicle transfer phases, the blower nozzles retract within the width of the vehicle.

4. Liquid spreader

Nozzle blocks with built-in pneumatic valves are used to ensure perfect and consistent spraying at all speeds even with strong wind interference. Every control component is protected and is not exposed to corrosion.

Arvel has a wide range of snow plough blades equipped with rubber or polyurethane scrapers for clearing snow from coated concrete tarmac.

The M range of single blade snow ploughs, telescopic blades and multiple element blades are the most suitable tools for equipping vehicles used to clear airport areas. This is because these tools are able to remove large quantities of snow over wide areas at high speed.


M range single blade units

Equipped with a high density polyethylene shield, the Arvel M range of single blade snow ploughs combine weight saving and strength thanks to a number of reinforcements to their frame made from high elastic limit steel.

Even at very low temperatures, the snow and ice will not stick to the shield thanks to the very slippery polyethylene surface. It is corrosion resistant and very easy to replace.

A number of types of scrapers can be fitted to these ploughs:

  • A rubber scraper with a negative angle of attack
  • A polyurethane scraper with a negative angle of attack

A polyurethane scraper with a positive angle of attack

The rubber Bi-Shore scraper offers the best solution in terms of performance, safety and cost. It is flexible so that it will follow the runway perfectly, without damaging it and without hitting the ground lighting. The electronic system that controls its hydraulic lifting reduces the weight of the blade on the ground, thereby avoiding any premature and/or irregular wear. Thanks to the combination of these solutions, our blades do not require equipping with rollers, thereby further reducing maintenance costs.

Telescopic blades

Telescopic blades comprise a fixed structure and one or two extendible element(s) so that the working width of the plough can be varied in real time, to match conditions.

These extensions are hydraulically controlled. Hence the operator can work with the extensions closed, fully open and even in every intermediate position, even while working from the cab.

The steel shield is completed by a bolted-on metal extension. This unique profile ensures an excellent capacity for removing large quantities of snow.

Ploughs with sections

The plough is made from high elasticity limit steel with a special profile that perfectly discharges even large amounts of snow at high speed. It comprises 3 to 5 independent sections, the standout feature of this range of snow ploughs.

Every section comprises a system of wear-resistant polyurethane inserts offering high elasticity with the ability to deform so that they can pass over any obstacles encountered along the runway and adapt to its imperfections. The advantage of this system is that it keeps the blade in contact with the surface to be cleared, where ever possible.

Spreading solutions, whether liquid or solid, is an essential step for ensuring that runways do not freeze and for ensuring that snow will melt quickly. Arvel proposes a number of spreaders with folding sprayer arms that meet this requirement.

Liquid spreaders

The liquid is stored in a set of interconnected modular polyethylene tanks mounted on a chassis. This design choice allows having a structure that remains flexible when directly mounted on the carrier chassis. Further, this division into cells stops the complete contents from sloping around, helped by the tank baffles, to ensure that the carrier vehicle can be driven in complete safety regardless of how full it is.

The top of the storage tanks is provided with a non-slip coating so that the operators can access the manholes in complete safety.

The solution is sprayed via nozzles or disks mounted on arms that fold hydraulically along the vehicle’s sides. They are supplied in line with operator instructions and based on the vehicle’s forward speed so that the solution sprayed on the surface is always consistent. This is called speed-sensitive control.

Mixed Solid/Liquid spreaders

These spreaders are a combination of a solid material and a liquid spreader. They let the operator choose which material to spread depending on weather conditions.

These vehicles are again fitted with interconnected polyethylene modular tanks for storing the liquid solution and a hopper at the rear for storing solid materials.

1. Solid material spreading

Working like a moving base system across the whole of the feed hopper base width, this chain driven system thanks to its wide extraction width, avoids the “dome” and/or “tunnel” effects caused by low temperature wet materials. Thanks to its wide surface area in contact with the salt, this system requires only a slow rotation speed to operate effectively.

The chain is driven by gear teeth. They are mounted on a shaft that is directly coupled to a hydraulic motor for regulating spreading. The gear drive avoids any sideways chain motion and slipping.

The materials are carried towards two disks located at the rear of the vehicle where the material will be spread over distances of up to 24 meters.

2. Liquid spreading

The liquid solution is sprayed via nozzles or disks mounted on arms that fold hydraulically along the vehicle’s sides or via two disks located at the rear of the vehicle. They are supplied in line with operator instructions and based on the vehicle’s forward speed so that the solution sprayed on the surface is always consistent.

With these two solutions, the operator can choose whether to spread solid materials or liquids using just one vehicle.


An easy to use joystick type control box with an intuitive interface. It is used to aim the blades, brush and the arms used by our entire range, and this whether synchronized with, or independently of the semi-automatic work cycle by providing easy and accurate equipment control.


Ecosat10 control box

This control box is equipped with a the latest generation microprocessor-based control system to ensure maximum configuration flexibility and viewing the various spreading settings on a backlit (150×90) LCD: Spreading width, asymmetry, dosage based on vehicle motion speed. Ecosat10 is an integrated control box that can receive a number of items of equipment to meet customer needs.

This system can work with the Cloud or by satellite.

The control box comprises the following elements:

  • Motorola 16-bit microprocessor
  • CAN-BUS communication protocol
  • Nine different working programs can be stored
  • Internal memory
  • Data saving
  • Fault code alarm

It communicates with the external power unit via a CAN-BUS connection (a Bluetooth link is optional).

These control boxes control the spreading of six different materials using nine spreading programs for each material. You can save different types of settings for spreading, asymmetry, grain size, types of materials, etc.

Main integrations available on request



Route-Replay uses preset geo-referenced spreading parameters that are used automatically during the assignment. The operator is guided by visual messages displaying route sections already treated as well as the sections still to be done. Private area mapping can be used.


Navicon can send the vehicle’s position and work settings via a GSM/GPRS connection. When no such link is available, the device records the data and sends it when a network connection becomes available once again. Navicon allows generating statistics through the work settings.

IRT05 temperature sensor

A serial connection between the infrared sensor and Ecosat10 allows automatically starting and stopping spreading and automatic dosage adjustments based on ground temperature.