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Best Practices in Pavement Maintenance

Assigned to Erik Bullard
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Develop a practical guidebook for addressing safe pavement maintenance and repair for airside areas involving routine, non-routine and emergency situations.

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

The FAA provides significant guidance and practical tools for the management of airfield pavements, but guidance is lacking regarding routine, non-routine and emergency pavement repair for airfield areas. Guidance is readily available for pavement on runways and taxiways. What many airports need is guidance for the pavement in the ramp areas. These are the areas of the airport where aircraft and equipment remain static for long periods of time, to include the time when aircraft are at their heaviest - immediately after fueling and the loading of passengers and cargo. At many airports, gate areas where aircraft are parked are leased by airport tenants. The tenants rely upon access to and the safe condition of these areas of pavement. Research into this important airport maintenance topic will aid airports in best managing their budgets and repair schedules, thus ensuring optimization of airport operations and safety.
Guidance and effective practices are needed to ensure that maintenance and repairs are effective and safe for aircraft operations. The research should address maintenance and repair for different types of pavement (rigid, flexible and composite).

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

A synthesis of effective pavement maintenance and repair practices for airside areas involving routine, non-routine and emergency situations.

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