Keeping runways open in inclement weather is all about timing. What’s the ideal maintenance schedule? How can you best plan ahead? AST’s surface contamination reports help take the guesswork out of decision-making. Subjectivity is replaced with objective, accurate data and braking forecasts that help you make more informed decisions.
Your mission is to optimize operational efficiency while minimizing risk to the facility, airlines, and user communities. AST can help mitigate accident risk across the airport, as it can identify contamination missed by other means of assessment, such as manual inspection. AST’s ability to measure contaminant coverage, type, and depth far surpasses that of other measuring techniques. Manual techniques, for example, can fail to detect unsafe conditions until ice has already bonded to the surface.
Managing a busy airfield is a high-stakes game in which countless factors are at play, all of which can threaten a smooth-running flight schedule. With surface and landing reports from AST, you now have objective information with which to optimize the usage and availability of all airfield surfaces. Your goal is to avoid runway closures during high traffic periods, limit flight delays and diversions, and improve overall schedule reliability.
For airports that spend millions of dollars on FPDs every year, the potential cost savings using AST are significant. Because AST provides the precise nature, location, and magnitude of surface contamination, it eliminates guesswork and enables you to schedule surface maintenance with precision and confidence, without compromising safety. Airfield crews can restrict treatment to specific targeted areas that need it rather than blindly treat them all. They can treat runways, turnoffs, taxiways, and aprons in proportion to their level of contamination.
Although an airport’s primary focus is on runway surface conditions, landside roads and parking areas are equally vulnerable to risk from surface contamination. By providing information about surface conditions across the entire airport – both airside and landside – AST can help you manage your roadways as well as you manage your runways. You’ll know how effective your treatments are and where you need to focus – or NOT focus – your chemical applications.