Industries That Use Windsocks
Aerial Crop Dusting
_Before an air applicator or crop duster considers a crop treatment job, he has to know his windspeed and direction. One of the least expensive ways to do that is with a windsock.
Air Medical Transports
_Windsocks are used in the Air Medical Transport industry whether a fixed wing aircraft or helicopter is being used for transfer. Windsocks with your company name or logo is a great advertising tool. Call today to discuss quantity pricing!
General Aviation Safety
__If you have ever flown into an airport, whether it be large or small, a windsock has probably caught your eye. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) mandates the use of windsocks in airports that have accepted Federal grant assistance through advisory circulars. The current advisory circular covering windsocks or windcones is AC 150/5345-27D. It provides specifications and standards for the manufacture and installation of a windsock and frame. Basically, it provides information for compliance with Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 139.
_Meat Packing and Cold Storage Facilities
__Anhydrous Ammonia is used as a refrigerant in meat packing and cold storage facilities. Anhydrous Ammonia (N3H), like Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S), is very toxic and extremely deadly at concentrations of 2500 - 2600 ppm. In the event of a substantial release of Anhydrous Ammonia, a windsock is a great safety device to help workers move to a safe location.
Correctional Facilities / Prisons
__Windsocks are used in prisons and correctional facilities throughout the U.S. during training exercises for deployment of crowd control chemicals. Wind direction and wind speed is always a factor.
We at Aerosock are proponents of a strong military. We are very proud of our military men and women and owe each of them a tremendous amount of gratitude for their service to our country. Many of our general aviation pilots served our country by learning to fly. Whether they flew a helicopter, cargo plane, or fighter jet, they all have depended on a windsock at sometime in their lives. Again, Thank You!
Oil & Gas Industry / H2S Safety
__Windsocks are used in many industries throughout the United States and many countries around the world. Almost always overlooked by the average individual, windsocks play a significant safety roll in many operations performed by workers every day. Having an oilfield background, I sit and think of all the men and women that are working around H2S safely on a daily basis. They know that they have to be aware of wind direction any time they open up a closed system. Whether their job is to gauge a tank, check a mud pit, open a pig launcher, or check an orifice, they realize their life is at jeopardy. Having a windsock, a visual safety tool, to aide them in determining wind direction is essential. Several states, where H2S is prevalent, have mandated the use of windsocks.
Wastewater Treatment Plants
There are many contaminants, hazards, and disease causing microorganisms in wastewater treatment plants throughout the world. One way that these aerosol pathogens become a hazard to the worker is through air-stripping, by the wind carrying the micro droplets to the worker. One engineering safety device that many city governments are making mandatory at strategic locations is the windsock. Just like in the oilfields, H2S is also a problem in the wastewater treatment plants which is generated by intestinal microflora. Windsocks are a cheap alternative to having a worker sick from any of these contaminants.