SAAB 9-5 friction tester helps keep Albany International Airport safe

With snow falling Monday in USA, crews have been working hard at Albany International Airport to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible.

It’s more than pushing the snow off the runways, airport officials have to use a special car to test for safety – SARSYS Surface Friction Tester SAAB 9-5 WagonSAAB 9-5 Wagon (SFT) are one of the most sold friction tester in the world, around two hundred airports worldwide are using this kind of friction tester today.

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This Saab 9-5 called “Test 1″ (T1) and while it may look like a normal vehicle, this car has 5 wheelsBob Heitz, the operations manager, says it’s important to measure the friction on the runway. He says it determines the breaking action for an airplane before it lands.

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“If it’s snowing hard, like it was yesterday, we continually are out there making passes up and down the runway,” he said.

Bob says the sedan is out on the runway from the minute it starts snowing to when it stops. He let NEWS10’s Jennifer Lee ride along with him to test one of the runways at the airport.

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And while the computer tries to figure out the condition of the runway, the driver also has to look out for any contaminants that may impact a plane’s landing.

SAAB 9-5 Wagon is a pumped-up front-wheel drive car contributing superlative movability in sequence alongside a satisfying weight class functioning situation for the driver.

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The Sarsys Friction Tester (SFT), created into the SAAB 9-5 Wagon, is one of the highest leading friction measuring systems on the market. It is chiefly invented for friction calculating on airport runways and taxiways, but can be further used for measuring on roads. The SFT is prioritized to measure in conformity with regulations issued by authorities such as the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) and FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and is invented for both operational and maintenance measuring.

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source: News10 – Sarsys

Goran Aničić
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For over 10 years, Goran Aničić has been passionately focused on Saab automobiles and everything related to them. His initial encounter with Saab cars took place back in 2003 when the first Saab 9-3 and sedan version were introduced. At that moment, he was captivated by the car's Scandinavian design logic and top-notch engineering, and everything that followed stemmed from that first encounter. Later on, through his work at the editorial team of the Serbian automotive magazines "Autostart" and later "AutoBild," he had the opportunity to engage more closely with Saab vehicles. In 2008, he tested the latest Saab cars of that time, such as the Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero and Saab 9-3 Turbo X. In 2010, as the sole blogger from the region, he participated in the Saab 9-5ng presentation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Alongside journalists from around the world, he got a firsthand experience of the pinnacle of technological offerings from Saab at that time. Currently, Goran owns two Saabs: a 2008 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportcombi with a manual transmission, and a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Sport Sedan from the last generation, which rolled off the production line in Trollhättan in December 2011.

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