If you have ever been a passenger on a plane and made to wait for take-off for quite some time, you probably did not know that ground crews were hurrying to clear the runway of snow, ice, and/or slick conditions. However, the airport and airline did know. That is why the plane did not take off on time. If you are constructing a new airport, you would have to do the same. However, there are some ways to help create a safe, dry runway so that there are fewer flight delays.
When Constructing the Runway, Install ACO Trench Drain Systems
An ACO trench drain system can be comprised of a single type of drain system, or it can have multiple different components. Where a runway for airplanes is concerned, you will need a trench drain that runs clear down the middle of the runway, with a slight dip in the concrete, sloping downward toward the drain. You do not want a really noticeable dip, as this could be very dangerous for the wheels of the plane.
You want just enough of a dip so that water can run into the trench drain's covers. Additionally, these gutters should only run a few feet, with several feet of solid concrete in between. Underneath the runway, you should have culvert pipes collecting the water/rain and channeling it away from the runway.
The Culvert Pipes Need to Empty into Drainage Ditches or Retention Ponds
In places like Florida, where heavy rains are a constant problem for runways, the drainage solutions remove the water and channel it into drainage ditches or retention ponds. Usually, retention ponds are the better option, because there is just so much rainwater to be channeled far away from the airport. Depending on where you are constructing your airport, you will need to figure out where and how you want to disperse the collected water after it enters the series of underground culvert pipes. The ponds or ditches should be excavated prior to installing the culvert pipes, runway, and drainage trenches.
Ground Crews Trained to Use Heat Guns
If your airport is going to be built somewhere where snow and ice are a problem in the winter, you will need to train ground crews to use heat guns. These heat-blowing "guns" melt the snow and ice. When used effectively, your ground crew can melt and manipulate the melted snow and ice toward the trench drains, creating the driest, safest runway possible.
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