Baltic Ground Services, a ground service provider with services at Lithuanian, Polish and Italian airports, announced the successful certification of a new glycerine-based Type I de-icing fluid called Defrosol ADF.
As a result, BGS will become the first ground handling provider to develop, certificate and produce its own eco-friendly Type I deicing fluid in Europe.
Certified in May 2013 by AMIL, a Canadian research laboratory and SMI, a Florida-based global leader in aerospace material testing, Defrosol ADF deicing fluid is based on natural materials gained from renewable sources. The use of glycerin instead of monopropylene glycol results in a lower carbon count during the deicing process.
Defrosol ADF also comes with low aquatic toxicity as well as better anti-corrosion characteristics. The Type I deicing fluid is intended for snow, frost and other ice structure removal from aircraft.
The batch production of the fluid is expected to be launched later this year. BGS is planning to start using Defrosol ADF for the upcoming winter season.
"Defrosol ADF is a perfect example of the company applying its own experience and know-how to successfully develop more quality- and cost-efficient products than its third-party alternatives," said Saulius Batavicius, CEO of BGS.
The company also intends to introduce Type II deicing fluid in 2014.