The AvTurf system replaces the natural grass groundcover at an airport to provide erosion control, reduce debris-causing effects of jet blast, deter birds and animals, and stabilize runway and taxiway shoulders and infield islands. It also enhances pilots' visibility on approach, reduces maintenance needs in safety areas, and provides stable areas for emergency response vehicles to drive through and directly to a situation.
1.4 million sqft- world's largest single area of aviation turf
Vibrations during landing, ruts and depressions can cause harm to the fiberglass in the Academy's TG-16 planes, which is amplified on the natural grass landscape. The durable artificial turf reduces these hazards and greatly improves the life expectancy of the fleet. The surface also shortens the recovery and restaging time between flights and allows landing of more gliders at a time. According to the Air Force Academy, the airfield “averages more than 17,000 sorties and 5,700 hours of combined flight time per year."
AvTurf synthetic turf helps airport operators easily identify and remove FOD from the artificial turf installation areas.
AvTurf artificial turf is resistant to erosion created by jet blast, creating a stable area for runway and taxiway shoulders.
AvTurf enhances the visual delineation for pilots and airport ground crew. It can be used for painted infield islands and decommissioned high speed exits or taxiways in lieu of painted yellow X's.
Installing artificial turf on airport property minimizes the need for equipment or personnel to be in or around runway/ taxiway safety areas.
Covering infield islands with AvTurf creates a stable area that allows emergency response equipment quicker access during all types of weather.
Bird strikes cost the aviation industry $1.2 billion per year. AvTurf creates an environment free of food, water and shelter for birds. AvTurf alongside runways will reduce the potential for bird strikes.
Water drains easily through AvTurf. Sand infill is a natural filter that can drain approximately 60 gallons (227 liters) of water per sqft per hour.
Burrowing species cannot penetrate the synthetic turf backing and are forced to move away from the installation area.