A fleet of enormous unmanned machines is revolutionising how Oslo Airport clears snow from its runways, as Matteo Legnani reports from a wintry Norway
The sight of a large snowplough moving along taxiways and runways is impressive, but nothing out of the ordinary at a northern hub such as Oslo. Yet look a little closer and there is much more to this scene than first meets the eye.
Despite meandering between other airport vehicles and taxiing aircraft, there is no one in the driver’s cab. And it isn’t just one machine – there are as many as six of these huge autonomous ‘trucks’ moving simultaneously. This isn’t a farfetched vision of the future, but the present-day reality at Oslo Gardermoen (OSL) on any snowy winter day. The key to it all is a fleet of revolutionary RS 600 Performance Line machines, deployed in the Norwegian capital after almost a year of intensive trials.