News from the International Grooving & Grinding Association (IGGA)

The ever increasing competitive environment of today’s global marketplace demands that airplanes continue to fly in all kinds of weather. No matter what the weather, all aircraft require precise, skid-free landings – every time. Even when wet and flooded, runways and taxiways must deliver the best possible overall ground handling and stopping characteristics that today’s state-of-the-art technology can provide.


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Pilots have observed that transverse-grooved surfaces drastically reduce all types of skids on wet or flooded runways and provide positive nose-wheel steering during landing roll-out. Grooved surfaces also prevent the onset of drift and weathervaning. Pilots find overall ground handling and stopping characteristics on grooved surfaces a dramatic improvement over ungrooved surfaces.


To better ensure that aircraft and their passengers are safe, a grooved runway surface is suggested. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Safety Team addresses how to plan for hydroplaning in the December 2010 Approach and Landing Safety Tip (Notice Number: NOT62699). In this notice, grooved runways are recommended by the FAA as the preferred surface to avoid weather induced problems.


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