Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Practices. Topic S09-10. Airport Turf and Vegetation Management Practices

Airports, especially general aviation, non-hub, and those with geographic terrain issues, have challenges with maintaining the turf and vegetation in and around the airport. Many airports have responsibility for the maintenance of several acres of land that pose a challenge to maintain. Sample challenges can be manpower, equipment, weather, seasonality, geography, wildlife, and airport certification issues. A synthesis on the means, methods, techniques, and practices for managing the property, especially airports that have quite varied landscaping, such as steep slopes, inaccessible areas, etc., would benefit all airports, but in particular general aviation and non-hub airports. Focus should be on airport maintenance practices (mowing and other vegetation management) and not agricultural or forest management. Airports need help to know how best to utilize their limited resources, and how to tackle different terrain and operational constraints. The objective of this research is to provide information on current airport practices for turf and vegetation management given the various constraints of manpower, equipment, and funding. The audience for this research are airfield maintenance managers and staff.


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  • Status: Programmed
  • Funding: $45000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-03, Topic S09-10

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Christensen, Jordan

  • Start Date: 20211214
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01830028
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-03, Topic S09-10
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Dec 13 2021 3:29PM