Remembering a Deicing Pioneer

On February 1, 2009, the global aircraft deicing industry lost one of its foremost pioneers and innovators when Barry Myers passed away as a result of complications from cancer.

Barry was a devoted servant to the deicing cause

Barry served as technical advisor during the Commission of Inquiry into the ground icing-related crash of an Air Ontario Fokker F-28 in Dryden, Ontario (March 1989). The Commission of Inquiry, known commonly as the Dryden Commission, was headed by the Justice Virgil Moshansky. The inquiry became the definitive study on the problems of aircraft deicing in Canada and on the global scale, and resulted in a massive international research and development program into aircraft ground de/anti-icing matters.

During the years that followed the Dryden accident and the Commission of Inquiry, Barry was the Senior Development Officer responsible for Transport Canada’s leading-edge research on aircraft icing at the Transportation Development Centre (TDC). Under Barry’s leadership, and with keen regulatory focus and funding from Transport Canada, the Canadian deicing industry flourished and became the most highly specialized in the world.

Barry’s pioneering work in winter operations was recognized in 1998 with one of the first ever Canadian Government Head of the Public Service Awards. And in 2002, Barry was honoured by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for 40 years of contributions to the industry.

The entire world owes a great debt of gratitude to Barry Myers for his unwavering commitment to the cause. His efforts resulted in safer winter operations on the global scale. I, personally, am honored to have worked for and alongside Barry for a period of twelve years from the onset of my career in aircraft deicing, and it is his example that continues to motivate me today.

Thanks Barry!




  1. Barry was not only a major pioneer for aircraft ground deicing but he was a hero to many in the industry. He always had time to answer questions and he always offered a friendly conversation after hours. His dry wit and sense of humor will be remembered by many folks around the world as will his significant contributions to aviation safety that already has saved many lives.

    My hat’s off to you, Barry, and I’ll tip one for you the next round . . . !