Clear Water Rinse System

Riveer Environmental of South Haven, MI, plans to install one of its largest and most sophisticated systems yet in December of this year. Commissioned by Anderson Air Force Base in Guam to support aircraft maintenance, Riveer’s Birdbath Clear Water Rinse System was designed to prevent corrosion which can be caused by residue buildup on aircraft which fly over or near salt water. Any aircraft stationed near salt water must be clear water rinsed at least once every 15 days, according to Air Force regulations; additionally, if one of these aircraft flies then it must be rinsed after the last flight of the day. At a high-traffic base like Anderson, this necessary procedure can take up a lot of already scarce resources and space. This taxi-through carwash-like system sprays a massive amount of water through eight oscillating water cannons positioned in the four corners of a giant concrete pad. It also has a spray bar which spans the entire platform for cleaning undercarriage and underwing. Operated by a touch screen panel from the air traffic control tower, Birdbath adjusts its spray pattern to accommodate different sizes of aircraft and also compensates for wind speed and direction automatically. All of the pumps, drives and tanks that feed the system are housed underground in order to comply with airfield obstruction regulations. For more information visit www.riveer.com.

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