Ice testing coming back to K.I. Sawyer

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K.I. SAWYER, Mich. (WLUC) - K.I. Sawyer International Airport will once again be the site of cold-weather testing on military aircraft this winter. This will be the fourth year for these icing and de-icing tests.

Roughly 25 U.S. Army personnel will be hosting 30 technicians from Korea Areospace Industries. They'll have three aircraft with them to conduct the tests. The tests will allow the aircrafts to be certified to fly in known icy conditions. Airport management say it's a great way to use our cold climate to our advantage.

"Being that this is our fourth year we're starting to get some recognition from the U.S. military as a cold weather test site and we have the space and the facilities and the airspace to accomodate their needs," said Duane DuRay Airport Manager for K.I. Sawyer International Airport.

U.S. Army personnel are scheduled to arrive first, on November 15. They'll be followed by the Korea Areospace crew on November 23. The lease is in place through March 31.