AGAT, Aviation Grade Artificial Turf, Designed for Airports Groundcover
Evergreen Aviation supplies airports with the airfield groundcover, AGAT.
AGAT is a synthetic turf designed for airports, landing strips and helipads.
With our experience within artificial turf, aviation and civil engineering, we are able to offer the possibility of optimizing security, increasing efficiency and environmental improvements, while minimizing operation costs. Our sustainable surface solutions are thoroughly tested in laboratories and airports all over the world. AGAT is the leading patent holder of security solutions with artificial turf for airports in the US for the past 12 years.
The Danish-based company Evergreen Aviation has made the first installation of artificial turf in a European civil airport.
The special artificial turf from Evergreen Aviation is called Aviation Grade Artificial Turf (AGAT) and is an innovative form of groundcover.
London City Airport ordered the AGAT installation, having problems with jet blast erosion near the runways. In addition, they were looking for a long-term and environmentally friendly solution to the ongoing problem of bird strikes and at the same time to minimize maintenance costs.
AGAT is sustainable, easy to maintain and has a proven ability to reduce and prevent jet blast erosion and wildlife.
Evergreen Aviation provides consultancy, installation, service, operation and maintenance of AGAT.
- FOD Foreign Object Debris – secures against creation and improves visual identification of FOD
- Erosion – closes the surface and secures it against erosion
- Visual Recognition – independency of seasons and clear visual recognition
- Incursions – minimized maintenance and reduction of the need for ground personnel airside
- ARFF – response increases the access and shortens the rescue turnout
- Nudging – signalizing which affects behavior unconsciously but effectively
- Bird Strikes – reduces food and hiding places for birds and therefor reduces their presence
- Drainage – increases the possibility of surface drainage
- Wildlife – management environment neutral and not lethal, removal of food, shelter, water for birds and prey
- A380 – Airport Upgrade
- Edges of Maneuvering Areas
- Fuel Stations
- ILS Areas
- Runway (RWY)
- Runway Markings
- Security Fence
- Service Areas
- Service Roads
- Evergreen Helipad
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Evergreen Aviation provides safety and efficiency to Airports worldwide through a large number of different applications. The specific applications needed to increase safety and optimize operation time and maintenance, are different from airport to airport. Through close collaboration and counseling with Evergreen Aviation the most advantageous solutions are found for the specific airport.
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To operate the Airbus 380 and similar big size airplanes, the airport has to comply with the Class F requirements. By means of AGAT the airport category can be upgraded from class E to F. AGAT allows for overall wider TWY and RWY without increasing the fortified area, and at the same time the visual reference is increased and FOD clearly detectable.
Shoulders on RWY and TWY can be made wider without increasing the fortified area causing stagnant water on the runway after downpours. It is possible to construct rainwater storage in the base building to control delay of surface water for derivation, reducing the pressure on the drainage system.
Shoulders paved with AGAT will optimize the visual reference of the RWY without compromising safety.
AGAT is tested for jet blast and for supporting ultra-heavy loads, including large aircrafts, and for supporting emergency response equipment. AGAT meets ASTM installation requirements.
AGAT meet the specifications in FAA Advisory Circular 150/5370-15B, and has been identified as a material that can be used to cover large portions of airport property with multiple benefits, such as providing consistent groundcover, as well as reducing maintenance costs and attractive vegetative food sources for hazardous wildlife species.
Synthetic turf technology that has passed over 30 independent lab tests to include tunnel, jet wash, load veering, slip resistance adhesive, ASTM, fire retardant and tear strength. Synthetic AGAT for airport ground cover is crucial for the overall success of airport operational safety.
AGAT can last 15+ years of wear and tear from jet blast and natural cause (projected up to 35+ years for UV alone).
AGAT is a highly recommended solution to ensure the right conditions around the various airport ground signal devices. Airport lamps are extremely vulnerable to planting. It is of utmost importance that all airport marking equipment are kept free of any disturbance that may interfere with the functionality.
Installation of AGAT in accordance with the existing equipment is trouble-free.
AGAT creates a sharp contrast that increases visibility. AGAT is easy to align and adaptable to individual specs design, airfield requirement and modification needs.
Installing AGAT at intersections and islands gives a clear visual reference of the runway limits and secures against immersion at involuntary exits. A strong base covered with AGAT provides a maximal load-bearing capacity, strong enough for heavy vehicles, to run over without sinking in – even aircrafts that by accident cuts corner with the inner wheel.
Cost-benefit analyses, evaluating the construction expenditures against increased safety, increased esthetics, and reduced operating expenses, presents the many AGAT advantages.
The artificial turf solves water-pooling problems and controls erosion. On AGAT rain and other fluids are collected and lead to the drain. Sand infill in AGAT absorbs spills of fuel, oil etc. and contaminated infill can easily be replaced. The sand infill works as a fire retardant in case of ignited spills on the ground.
AGAT’s fire resistance is rated ‘excellent’ when tested in cooperation with the Airside Facilities Engineering Team at the Grater Toronto Airports Authority.
A RWY paved with AGAT gives the ideal surface to land small and medium size airplanes regardless of geographical and weather conditions:
Visual recognition of surface, lines and markers regardless of weather.
FOD elimination and recognition to ensure maximal safety during taxi, warm up, start, landing, hot start and engine braking
Immediate usage and instant repair.
Snow removable, with documented friction in dry and wet condition
Fire retardant, chemical resistant, flood proven, surface with documented friction on the entire surface, lines and edges in all weather conditions.
Markings will be permanent and with same friction and will have distinct color difference regardless of natural light level and humidity. AGAT can be installed as runway surface for jets, propeller and hang gliders.
By landing on AGAT instead of natural grass, hazardous divots and soft spots, typically in touch down and taxi areas are prevented. The even surface has a documented positive effect of the live expectancy of gear and fuselage. AGAT and infill are environmental neutral and can as such be used in sensitive areas.
Clear airfield markings are important— both for air and ground personnel. AGAT markings can improve visual reference in various ways and appeals to those who give the airport industry safety the utmost concern. AGAT allows markings to be embedded right into the turf.
- No FOD and debrise: Fast and safer start, stop, loading and unloading
- Ideal visual reference: Safe straight approach and recognition of foreign object
- Fueling: AGAT provides safest possible surface to conduct fueling
- No maintenance: Permanent markings and absorption of small particles
- Snow clearing: No limits of snow removability without use of chemicals
A heli pad is dimensioned after the largest helicopter schedule for regular use. The Annex 14 describes the heli pad size and markings. If local restriction dictates smaller sizes, consideration must be made by organizers and planners.
AGAT is installed on a sub base. The sub base describes the maximum load bearing of the heli pad in worst-case scenario. It is typically not the helicopters weight but service vehicles like fire trucks, snow removal gear, fuel trucks, load and unload gear that determines the maximum load bearing on the helipad. Once the sub base is established, the AGAT is rolled out.
AGAT is often installed on sub base with an underestimated load bearing, since it is easily repaired. Note that the surface will not break up or create FOD in case of a sub base collapse.
The standard color of AGAT is green. Permanent markings are white for landing, yellow for taxi and red for service vehicles access, in accordance to Annex 14. Normally the green turf is installed first, and then the markings are cut in on site. If local condition dictates it, the entire AGAT surface can be produced off location, and airlifted to its final destination.
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