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Airport Turf and Vegetation Management Practices trending idea

Airports, especially general aviation, nonhub, and those with geographic terrain issues, have challenges with maintaining the turf and vegetation in and around the airport. The proposed Synthesis would review current airport practices for turf and vegetation management given the various constraints of manpower, equipment, funding, etc.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

Many airports have responsibility for the maintenance of several acres of land that pose a challenge to maintain. Sample challenges can be manpower, equipment, weather, seasonality, geography, wildlife, and airport certification issues. A synthesis on the means, methods, techniques, and practices for managing the property, especially airports that have quite varied landscaping, such as steep slopes, inaccessible areas, etc., would benefit all airports, but in particular general aviation and non-hub airports. Focus is on airport maintenance practices (mowing and other vegetation management) and not agricultural or forest management.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

Airports need help to know how best to utilize their limited resources and how to tackle different terrain and operational constraints. Information on what equipment is available, practices for airfield turf maintenance that results in greater efficiencies, methods for managing difficult areas, etc. are suggested. A survey of airports about their practices and techniques, equipment, staffing, operational methods would be valuable.

Approach (Describe in general terms the steps you think are needed to achieve the objective.)

Suggested items for inclusion in the synthesis are:

1. Challenges

     Manpower

     Equipment

     Weather

     Seasonality

     Geography

     Wildlife

     Airport certification issues

2. Airfield movement area maintenance

      Safety and Regulations (include NOTAMs, radio practices, etc.)

     Operational practices

     Types of turf (include grass, dirt, desert, etc.)

     Frequency

3. Outside the movement area

     Safety and Regulations

     Operational practices

     Types of turf and vegetation (grass, weeds, stone,

     Steep slopes

     Frequency of maintenance

4. Equipment

      Types used and capabilities

      Remote operation

      Sources of funding

5. Chemical Application

      EPA

      Retardants

      Wildlife implications

      Application

6. Staffing

      Skills, Knowledge, Training requirements

      Sample scheduling or maintenance workload requirements

7. Case studies/Sample Practices

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