Does snow spray affect runway surface friction? The weather was bitterly cold on March 18th, 2018 and Birmingham airport was covered with snow. As you can see in this video, an A380 sprays snow on the runway when arriving and departing.

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Aircraft can land in snowy weather without a problem, the fact that there is a little bit of snow on the runway does not change that. The amount of snow can cause problems if it too deep and will interfere with the engines/landing gear struts etc.

The snow sprayed on the runway by the A380 is just a small film and no problem for aircraft to take-off and land on. The runway can become a bit more slippery decreasing the braking performance of the aircraft.


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