New investments from the Canadian Government in gravel compactors for Manitoba’s airports will lead to stronger runways, but compaction alone won’t be enough to ensure easy landings and takeoffs on these unpaved surfaces.
These cockpit videos gives viewers an opportunity to see what it’s like to do takeoffs and landings on gravel runways in some of the world’s most beautiful, intrepid locations. They also show just how important dust control is to the safety of these pilots.
Excessive rain in a small Manitoba town made the local airport’s gravel runway nearly unusable. Effective dust control can protect unpaved runways like this one from even the harshest conditions.
In light of funding shortfalls on both the federal and local level, some Saskatchewanians are taking runway maintenance into their own hands. Most of Saskatchewan’s airports don’t see all that much traffic — less than 1,000 passengers per airport annually, in fact.
For many mineral exploration and extraction companies, gravel runways are the arteries that connect mining operations to the outside world and keep the business running. Here’s how fines preservation keeps these runways safe and protects your bottom line.