EMASMAX®, the world’s most advanced arrestor system for commercial airports, is accredited by the CAA and the FAA and accepted by ICAO as an alternative means of RESA compliance.
“Every aircraft that’s been arrested has flown away.”
Rick Marinelli, FAA Manager, Airport Engineering
Photo courtesy of Port Authority of New York
Consistently proven abilities to stop overrunning aircraft whilst avoiding significant personal injury or damage to aircraft.
Easy access for safety vehicles and equipment.
Safe and easy egress for crew and passengers.
Incident containment within the EMAS.
Limited local collateral damage.
Extensive testing and development with the FAA has led to the world’s most advanced arresting system for commercial airports.
Makes shorter runways possible.
Speed of recovery of aircraft from the EMAS means reduced downtime for runway.
Continued use of runway once aircraft pulled out of the EMAS.
Speed of repair of the EMAS only in area affected by arrest.
Operationally and cost effective
Lack of damage to aircraft means less likely claims by airlines.
Greatly reduced likelihood of passenger claims.
Operator of arrested aircraft pays for repair to the EMAS.
Reduced need for major projects such as moving roads or bridges, building out into the sea or encroaching upon environmentally sensitive sites.
Other significant benefits
No RESA? No problem! According to ICAO’s updated Annex 14 Aerodromes standard, EMAS/arresting systems, such as EMASMAX®, are now officially accepted as an alternative means of compliance.
EMASMAX® can be installed within the runway strip, a critical factor when RESAs are non-existent or severely constrained.
The safety success of EMASMAX® - nine out of nine successful arrests - can also reduce liability for airports, airlines and insurers.
No RESA? No problem!
What does EMASMAX® deliver?
Declare additional distance on your runway!
The latest ICAO Update confirms both the FAA and the UK CAA advice that EMASMAX® can be installed within the runway strip. It can also be used to free up additional runway length. One or two EMASMAX® beds (each equivalent to a full 240 metre RESA), could allow the declaration of several hundred feet of additional distance.
Spain and Norway lead the European uptake of EMASMAX®. Each has installed two systems. There are also four systems under consideration in the UK. They join the rapidly growing numbers of commercial airports recognising the benefits of EMASMAX®.
EMASMAX® is a bed ofcustomisedcellular cement material, designed to crush under the weight of anaircraft,thus providing predictable, controlled deceleration. Once stopped, the unique EMASMAX® material allows passengersand crew membersto exit theaircraftsafelyand for the aircraft to be easily removed from the arresting system.
Since no two runwaysare identical, each EMASMAX® application is engineered and customised in length, depth and strength to provide optimum performance forthe aircraft traffic at each airport. It is typically the full width of the runway and the arrestor bed is located at the end ofthe runway. On long runway end safety areas (RESAs), the system is sized for 70-knot performance. On short RESAs, EMASMAX® utilises the space availablefor maximum stopping capability. An EMASMAX® arrestor bed can reduce the 1,000-ft. RESArequirement to 600-ft. or less.
EMASMAX® is conditioned to withstand the elements. The system is crowned for drainage, sealed with a Jet Blast Resistant(JBR) coating for durability, and can be supported by a maintenance program to ensure a long life. Winter weatherconditions donotaffect the system’s performance and snow canbe easily removed with commercially available equipment designed for use on the bed.
What is EMASMAX® ?
Quality and extended product life
Extensive computer modelling of over 100 factors, including aircraft fleet mix, determines the strength of each EMAS bed. Cold and hot testing ensures that the EMAS material retains its characteristics in extreme temperature variations.
“This system works.”
Marion C. Blakey, Chairman, NTSB, May 2002
Source: Airport Magazine
Army Corps of Enineers CRREL testing
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EMASMAX® proven in action!
Runway downtime, repair costs,and liability.These are just a few of the expenses that come into play after an overrun has occurred. That’s why EMASMAX® is tailored for optimum performance andmaximum efficiency.The controlled deceleration achieved with EMASMAX® reduces therisk of personal injury anddamage to the aircraft. The bed remains accessible by rescue and recovery vehicles, so runway downtime isminimised.
Consider a Gulfstream G-IV overrun with seven passengers and three crew members on board: no-one was injured and damage to the £20m jet was minimal. The average settlement for a lost life in an accident is £1.5m. Without EMASMAX®,this could have beenan expensive tragedy with 10 families losing loved ones.