Every year she looks forward to the start of the winter season, when she is involved in de-icing operations along with the regular pushback and towing work. "I love that," says the 29-year-old, who is the only woman who performs both tasks at Munich Airport.
"Only when the engines and the aircraft are completely free of ice and moisture can they take off safely." For the de-icing operations, Adden and her colleagues use special vehicles known as "polar bears". They are a highlight of the airport fleet, and raise the de-icing crew members who operate them to dizzying heights. The largest polar bear is an impressive 15.5 meters tall!
On occasion, a request also comes from the cockpit to de-ice the engines. Nadine Adden and her colleagues perform that task at the park position by aiming a special hose at the turbine blades. »It's like using an oversized hairdryer,« she explains. Afterwards they get a "last rub" by hand to prevent the residual moisture from freezing again. Nadine Adden sums it up by saying: "I have a really cool job!"