BOCA RATON, FL – July 10, 2015 – To improve the effectiveness of the Boca Raton Airport’s runway safety areas (RSA), the Boca Raton Airport Authority has begun the process of constructing an Engineered Materials Arresting System (EMAS) at both ends of the runway.
EMAS utilizes a crushable bed of lightweight, cellular cement at each end of the runway. If an aircraft overruns the runway and onto the EMAS arrestor bed, the tires will sink into the material as it collapses under the weight of the plane. The increased traction of the crushed EMAS material decelerates the plane to a safe stop.
While the FAA’s new standard RSA is 1,000 feet at each end of the runway, property constraints such as Spanish River Blvd and the Utility Services Complex make this length of an overrun unfeasible at the Boca Raton Airport.
Boca Raton Airport Executive Director Clara Bennett states the EMAS system will provide “safety enhancements for the users of the airport and vehicles on adjacent roadways,” and that “it’ll help us meet the specific FAA requirements.”
EMAS has proven an effective solution for airports with similar property constraints. Currently, 54 US airports employ EMAS arrestors. So far, these systems have safely stopped 100% of overrun aircrafts.
The EMAS implementation will be funded by a 90% Federal Aviation Administration grant and a 5% Florida Department of Transportation grant, with the Airport Authority covering the remaining 5% of expenses.
About the Boca Raton Airport and the Airport Authority:
The Boca Raton Airport is a general aviation transport facility, publicly owned by the State of Florida. The Airport serves the corporate, recreational and flight training needs of the community, averaging over 50,000 operations annually. The Airport is governed by the Boca Raton Airport Authority; a seven-member board.