Increasing Safety and Visibility at an United States Air Force Base

Increasing Safety and Visibility at an United States Air Force Base

In Gravel Runway, Military, Soil-Sement® by Steve Vitale

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Background.

A United States Air Force base located in a desert region was subject to large dust clouds resulting from the silty soil on the base.

Problem.

Poor visibility during takeoff and landing was a serious safety issue for pilots. Further, the friction caused by small particulates that penetrated moving engine parts, triggered mechanical stress and maintenance problems.

Solution.

Midwest’s Soil-Sement provided a cost-effective, safe, and efficient way to increase California Bearing Ratio values and stabilize the infield, thereby preventing dust and debris from becoming airborne during jet blast. A dust-free infield reduced PM10 emissions, improved visibility, decreased maintenance issues and boosted safety.

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