Protect More—Aviation Turf For Erosion Control And Safety Enhancements

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.

Case Study

Training Runway for US Air Force Academy

Colorado Springs, CO USA

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."



SAFETY BENEFITS


FOD (FOREIGN OBJECT DEBRIS)

AvTurf synthetic turf helps airport operators easily identify and remove FOD from the artificial turf installation areas.

EROSION

AvTurf artificial turf is resistant to erosion created by jet blast, creating a stable area for runway and taxiway shoulders.

VISUAL RECOGNITION

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.

INCURSIONS

Installing artificial turf on airport property minimizes the need for equipment or personnel to be in or around runway/ taxiway safety areas.

ARFF RESPONSE

Covering infield islands with AvTurf creates a stable area that allows emergency response equipment quicker access during all types of weather.

BIRD STRIKES

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.

DRAINAGE

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.

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT

Burrowing species cannot penetrate the synthetic turf backing and are forced to move away from the installation area.



GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP

Synthetic turf has been used for decades in a variety of uses. With our exclusive, worldwide partnership with AvTurf, we are bringing the same high quality artificial turf to the aviation market.


"We are very pleased with this exclusive strategic alliance with Act Global. They are a leading artificial grass manufacturer with an excellent reputation for integrity and technical expertise. Act Global's ability to market, manufacture and execute large scale projects around the world is extremely attractive for us." – Daniel McSwain, AvTurf VP
of Sales and Operations

"AvTurf has pioneered an excellent application for synthetic turf. We are impressed by their patent portfolio, unique system design and installation technology. This combination along with our manufacturing strength and network of global distribution partners enables a tremendous growth opportunity." - John Baize, Act Global Director

AVTURF STANDARDS
AND TESTING

  • Wind tunnel & burn tests: AvTurf demonstrated superiority in adhesion and lack of flammability
  • Jet blast: AvTurf did not show signs of movement or uplift from jet blast on runway
  • Drainage: AvTurf can accommodate high rainfall rates, when placed over a highly permeable layer
  • Load Bearing: AvTurf can support ultra-heavy loads, including large aircraft and emergency response equipment
  • ASTM: Meets the applicable compliance installation requirements