Effective Removal and Temporary Application of Airfield Pavement Markings

The objective is to determine best practices for the safe, cost-effective, and environmentally acceptable removal of existing markings and application of temporary markings on aviation pavement.


Behind the idea, the output should address the following questions:


• How much removal is adequate to prevent confusion in the cockpit?

• How much tolerance is there for altering the pavement surface?

• Are there mechanical processes, such as a combination of heat and power tools, that can effectively remove the markings? Are there chemical removal systems that are environmentally acceptable?

• Is the removal technique of a reasonable cost for materials, equipment, and labor? Can the implementation of this technique on the airfield realistic regarding the specificities of airside construction works?

• Are there methods of applying a durable coating over the existing pavement marking that will blend in to the appearance of the pavement without endangering aviation safety (e.g. runway pavement adherence or production of FOD)?


The final deliverable should include:

• A report on the results of the research efforts conducted during the research project. The report should provide recommendations for direct implementation on the field. The proposed technical solutions should be cost-efficient, easy to implement. They should be adapted to the different types of aviation pavement (asphalt and cement concrete), and be scalable (applicable to small/large projects, small/large and GA/commercial airports).

• A report with practice-ready solutions for helping the practitioners in implementing the techniques recommended by the conclusions of the research project.

Assigned to Gael Le Bris


Idea No. 54