Research Projects

Aviation Rumble Strips to Enhance Aviation Safety

Project Duration

05-08-2014 to 06-30-2017

Project Summary

Rumble strips have proven to be a cost effective way to increase safety on roadways and the application of this technology may be appropriate to provide a warning of an upcoming intersection with an active runway to reduce runway incursions.

The proposed research project includes two phases:

I.   Preliminary Evaluation of Aviation Rumble Strips at a Single Site.

Identification, installation, testing and evaluation of rumble strip alternatives at one field site.  Phase I will result in a recommended rumble strip design configuration for deployment in Phase II.  Due to the experimental nature of Phase I work, rumble strips will be constructed in an apron area that is not routinely taxied over by aircraft, but where aircraft can operate solely for the purposes of this project.  The contract for Phase I will extend through May 2015 which will allow flexibility to expand the scope and budget if Phase II is warranted.

II.   Field Evaluation of Aviation Rumble Strips at Multiple GA Airports. 

Installation, testing and evaluation of proposed rumble strip on airfields at two or three GA airports, with data collection for both aircraft and ground vehicles.

Expected Benefits

Rumble strips have proven to be accost effective way to increase safety on roadways and the application of this technology may be appropriate to provide a warning of an upcoming intersection with an active runway to reduce runway incursions

FAA Technical Point of Contact

Donald Gallagher - Federal Aviation Administration (donald.gallagher@faa.gov)

Technical Point of Contact

Darcy Bullock - Purdue University (darcy@purdue.edu)

Researchers

Organizations

Lead Organization: Purdue University

Other Participating Organizations