Our world’s airports continue to be some of the busiest places on earth with millions of holiday makers coming and going. With aeroplanes landing and taking off every minute, safety and control are always held at the highest importance.
With this in mind, you may start thinking about the hundreds of security and safety procedures that are carried out. From passports and baggage checks, to pre-flight measures, air traffic control and safety demonstrations, there is a lot to consider before you have even left the ground.
With so much to think about, it always helps to have one less thing to worry about. Many airports have taken to installing artificial grass alongside their runways and surrounding environments bringing a number of benefits to facilities of all shapes and sizes.
But what are these advantages? We’ve teamed up with NAM Grass, the UK’s leading artificial grass distributor supplying both standard and specialist fake grass, to show you how the installation of artificial grass can benefit an airport.
The installation of artificial grass alongside runways ensures that transport can easily and reliably move off-road if necessary. For instance, in the case of an emergency, rescue and firefighting vehicles may need to approach an aircraft that has veered off of the runway. Fake grass will ensure that the aircrafts can be reached quickly and safely regardless of the conditions.
Artificial grass is bright green providing a noticeable visual contrast with runways and roadways. This will not only help pilots with landing and taking off, but will ensure the safety of staff and crew working on the runways. Even in bad or wintry weather, artificial grass is clearly visible.
Apart from a few security clearances carried out by a number of workers, artificial turf requires almost no maintenance. Its absence of shelter, water and food for wildlife also reduce the risk of wildlife inhibiting airport runways and creating a hazard. Similarly, foreign object damage (FOD) can be reduced.
As artificial turf is not affected by the weather, it won’t become muddy, boggy or frozen which helps in stabilising runways and taxiways shoulders. This protects their overall structure and reduces the risk of erosion from aircraft manoeuvring.
Low maintenance and efficient installation is guaranteed to protect the surrounding environment. With a big emphasise on more economical and eco-efficient flights, investing in artificial turf can prove influential in improving the standards of airports around the world.
From small-scale and privately owned airstrips, to huge commercial airports, they all operate to the same degree of efficiency and detail. Safety and security will always be of most concern and by turning to new, innovative and eco-friendly methods, you can be sure that the best steps have been made to create safer aiports in 2014.
An expert from NAM Grass, pens the benefits of artificial turf installation in airports, airfields and runways.