Maintenance people\\\'s livelihood is associated with breakdowns, repairs and corrective actions.
Bryan Gordon of Transport Canada, in-charge of Toronto Airport added a fifth wheel to the new
fleet of tow-behind runway sweepers and took out the conventional tow bar. This made the
operational control of the sweeper better, which reduced damage to the sweeper, reduced
damage to the taxiway, pavement markers and runway lights, and increased safety because the
sweeper can now be backed up with minimal assistance. Thus, a new approach to an old
problem can remove the need for ongoing maintenance input. Also, most maintenance
departments are under-crewed. Maintenance improvements like this can help bring the
workload in better balance with the existing workforce.