Accession Number : AD0623817

Title :   EVALUATION OF RUNWAY IMPRESSION FENCES.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NATIONAL AVIATION FACILITIES EXPERIMENTAL CENTER ATLANTIC CITY NJ

Personal Author(s) : Bourque, Donald J.

Report Date : JUN 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 22

Abstract : The runway impression fence was developed by the Air Defense Command of the United States Air Force as a safety device to minimize landings in the undershoot area. The Federal Aviation Agency conducted operational evaluations at Houston International Airport, Houston, Texas, and at Bradley Field, Windsor-Locks, Connecticut, to determine the effectiveness and suitability of the runway impression fence for reducing the likelihood of undershoots at civil airports. Aircraft crossing heights at threshold were measured before and after the installation of runway impression fences. Statistical comparisons of these data were made to determine the effectiveness of the fence. Data were also collected on damage to various fence post designs. It was concluded that runway impression fences are effective in reducing the likelihood of undershoots at civil airports during daylight and not significantly effective at night. It was recommended that runway impression fences be considered as a means of reducing the number of undershoots at runways where short landings would be unsafe and that the final fabrication and installation procedures used at Bradley Field be employed until a superior design is developed through further study and field testing. (Author)

Descriptors :   *RUNWAYS, *LANDING AIDS, SAFETY EQUIPMENT, TERMINAL FLIGHT FACILITIES, AIRPORTS, APPROACH INDICATORS, DAMAGE, CIVIL AVIATION, AIR DEFENSE COMMAND.

Subject Categories : Terminal Flight Facilities

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE