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29 th Annual Airports Conference Hershey, PA Kenneth Jacobs FAA Airport Engineering Division March 1, 2006 Federal Aviation Administration Runway Safety.

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1 29 th Annual Airports Conference Hershey, PA Kenneth Jacobs FAA Airport Engineering Division March 1, 2006 Federal Aviation Administration Runway Safety Areas An Airport Operator’s Perspective

2 2 Federal Aviation Administration March 1, 2006 Runway Safety Areas are Important A Critical Safety Enhancement FAA Flight Plan Goal –Where practical, upgrade runway safety areas to meet standards FAA Order , Runway Safety Area Program –RSA Determination Meets Standards Can Be Improved to Standards Can Be Improved But Will Not Meet Standards Cannot Be Improved –Incremental gains (improvement) must be obtained whenever possible (Appendix 1, paragraph 4a.) –Maintain an RSA Inventory

3 3 Federal Aviation Administration March 1, 2006 The Runway Safety Area Crunch PastFuture Aircraft Demands Acceptable Risk The Crunch

4 4 Federal Aviation Administration March 1, 2006 The Runway Safety Area Standard Dimensions– –Width and Length Beyond Runway Ends –Aircraft and Visibility Minimums –EMAS can limit the length to 600 ft beyond the runway end Performance– Capable, under dry conditions of supporting: –Aircraft fire fighting and snow removal equipment, and –Occasional passage of aircraft without causing structural damage Other Requirements– –No potentially hazardous ruts, humps, depressions … –Graded and drained to prevent water accumulation –Free of objects higher than 3 inches …

5 5 Federal Aviation Administration March 1, 2006 The Runway Safety Area Inventory

6 6 Federal Aviation Administration March 1, 2006 Runway Safety Areas and Part – FAA ACs contain methods and procedures for compliance – Runway Safety Areas –Provide and maintain… –RSA standards – Self-Inspection Program –AC 150/ C, Airport Safety Self-Inspection Regular, daily inspections Periodic condition inspections Airport Certification Manual –Approved and current –Contents Description of RSA Procedures for maintaining RSA

7 7 Federal Aviation Administration March 1, 2006 Runway Safety Areas and EMAS EMAS is Runway Safety Area –Complies with RSA requirements per Part 139 –Inspect it like an RSA –Exception: Stepped Sides Manufacturer’s Inspection Requirements –Specific inspection procedures provided by manufacturer –Initial training –Drive-around –Walk through –Documentation

8 8 Federal Aviation Administration March 1, 2006 Typical EMAS Bed

9 9 Federal Aviation Administration March 1, 2006 Typical EMAS Bed – Inspector’s View

10 10 Federal Aviation Administration March 1, 2006 Typical EMAS Bed – Inspector’s View

11 11 Federal Aviation Administration March 1, 2006 Typical EMAS Bed – Inspector’s View

12 12 Federal Aviation Administration March 1, 2006 Typical EMAS Maintenance Issues Lifting or missing caulk Surface cracks Depressions Holes Loose Covering Abrasion attack (sand, jet blast) Chemical attack (solvents, weak acid or weak alkaline solutions) Crushed block Damage to vertical side walls Damage to debris deflector Clogged vents Seals around light standards Block movement

13 13 Federal Aviation Administration March 1, 2006 EMAS Details – Blast Shield

14 14 Federal Aviation Administration March 1, 2006 EMAS Details - Vents

15 15 Federal Aviation Administration March 1, 2006 Conclusion Runway Safety Areas are important Be aware of any RSA deficiencies –Overall dimensions –Review RSA Inventory –Look for opportunities to improve Stay on top of the RSA through inspections Integrate EMAS inspections with RSA inspections


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