How fake grass makes air travel safer

fake grass commercial useDid you know fake grass is used at airports across the country to make air travel safer?  The first ever installation was in 2000 at Chicago Midway airport in the U.S, a major safety improvement to provide better visual distinction between movement and non-movement areas.

In 2004, a plane safely took-off and landed on a fake grass runway, going down as the first ever in aviation in history.  The pilot remarked favourably on the smoothness of the surface and the extra visibility.

Fake turf has many important advantages over natural grass as a groundcover at airfields.  Here are just some of the ways it’s used to prevent accidents.

Wildlife deterrent – fake grass deters birds because it doesn’t provide food, shelter, or water for wildlife, thus reducing the risk of bird-strikes.

Area marking – unlike natural grass, astro turf is vibrant green no matter what the conditions; this is an important advantage because of the visual contrast it provides between runways and taxiways during poor weather conditions.

Less maintenance – no mowing, edging, pesticides or fertilisers are required.  This means less interruption, lower running costs, and fewer workers who need security clearances.

Reduces the risk of Foreign Object Damage – FOD is caused by small objects being sucked into the engine, like rocks, machine parts, or rubbish.  Less maintenance, vehicles and tools, means less debris on the airfield.

Stabilises verges – Artificial grass withstands jet blast and water run-off, stabilising the airfield, preventing erosion, and enhancing drainage for a safer environment.

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