Deicing simulator saves Fairchild AFB $1 million

Fairchild Air Force Base is using the latest technology to improve training and save money.

Since last year, Fairchild AFB has been using a deicing simulator. The simulator replicates the deicing equipment used on the flight line and allows maintenance Airmen to train year-around.

Deicing fluid costs Fairchild on average $422,000 a year.

To help cut down those costs, maintenance airmen must complete four hours of training on the deicer simulator. This familiarizes students with the basic controls and movement of a simulator, which helps reduce the number of mistakes on the flight line.

Last year the simulator helped Fairchild AFB save more than $1 million in deicer fluid, gas, oil, and other consumables used during the deicing of an aircraft.