Engineered Materials Arresting System (EMAS)
Completed September 2017
At the Boca Raton Airport, the safety of our users and neighbors is of the utmost importance. By constructing an Engineered Materials Arresting System (EMAS) at both ends of the runway, we are able to greatly improve the effectiveness of our runway safety areas (RSA).
If an aircraft undershoots or overruns the runway, it will roll onto the EMAS arrestor bed, which utilizes lightweight, crushable cellular cement to decelerate its speed 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.
In accordance with FAA guidelines, the Airport completed an Operational Needs Assessment and Runway Safety Area (RSA) study in 2012. Due to the property constraints, it was determined that the installation of EMAS is the only practicable alternative to enhancing the RSAs at the Airport.