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Airfield Pavement Management

Aviation and Spaceports Office

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Aviation and Spaceports Office supports a longstanding initiative for monitoring the condition and lifespan of the operational pavements at airports across the state.  The primary goal of this program is to provide participating public airports with the data necessary to prioritize pavement maintenance and rehabilitation, determine maintenance scheduling, performing material evaluations and supporting design considerations.  This effort incorporates the airfield pavement management procedures and policies from Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and American Society Testing Materials (ASTM), and includes a pavement inspection program that has resulted in a series of Statewide Pavement Management Summary Reports, the District Pavement Management Summary Reports, the individual Airport Final Report, the Airfield Pavement PCI Inspection Reference Manual, the Airfield Pavement Distress Repair Manual, and the Inspection Methodology for Whitetopping Manual. 

 

Statewide Pavement Inspection Program
Pursuant to Section 332.006, FS, the Statewide Pavement Inspection Program schedules inspections of pavements at participating airports on approximately a three year cycle.  Data from these inspections are compiled into detailed reports of each airport’s pavement condition and the associated maintenance, rehabilitation needs, and costs estimate for those actions.  Those pavement management and condition reports from individual airports are subsequently compiled into district and statewide reports.  The resulting Statewide Pavement Management Summary Reports are intended to provide an overview of the needs of the overall Florida Aviation System. 

 

You may contact the Airport Engineering Manager for additional information.  You may also download the Statewide Pavement Management Summary Reports.

 

Airfield Pavement Inspection Reference Manual
Pursuant to Section 332.006, FS, the Airfield Pavement Inspection Reference Manual serves as a vital tool to assist the Airfield Pavement Inspectors while performing their job in the field.  The manual provides guidance in identifying and inspecting the distresses found in both flexible and rigid airfield pavements, grouping these distresses into the categories of cracking, joint seal damage, disintegration, distortion, and loss of skid resistance.

 

You may contact the Airport Engineering Manager for additional information.  You may also download the Airfield Pavement Inspection Reference Manual.

 

Airfield Pavement Inspection Training Course
Pursuant to Section 332.006(4), FS, the Airfield Pavement Inspection Training Course is designed to train participants to become knowledgeable airfield pavement inspectors.  Participants receive training in identifying pavement distresses, and calculating the pavement condition index (PCI), both manually and with a computer software program.  The course is split into four modules: Course Introduction, Pavement Fundamentals, Pavement Evaluation, and Field Operations.

 

The Airfield Pavement Inspection Training Course consists of two parts.  The first days, 8 hours, will be conducted in the classroom.  On the second day, there will be 4 hours of fieldwork.  The participants will have the opportunity to join the instructor in conducting actual airfield distress repair on the field.  The training information for this course is directly based on the guidelines and procedures from FAA, AC 150/5380-6B.

 

You may contact the Airport Engineering Manager for additional information.

 

Airfield Pavement Distress Repair Manual
Pursuant to Section 332.006, FS, the Airfield Pavement Distress Repair Manual serves as a vital tool to assist airfield pavement maintenance or repair specialists while performing their job in the field.  The manual categorizes possible distresses of airfield pavements into the five categories of cracking, distortion, disintegration, loss of skid resistance, and joint seal damage, the latter applying only to rigid pavements. The manual also provides detailed descriptions of the distresses in each category, as well as technical repair procedures for all possible pavement distresses.  The information for the Airfield Pavement Distress Repair Manual is directly based on the guidelines and procedures from FAA, AC 150/5380-6B.

 

You may contact the Airport Engineering Manager for additional information.  You may also download the Airfield Pavement Distress Repair Manual.

 

Airfield Pavement Distress Repair Training Course
Pursuant to Section 332.006(4), FS, the Airfield Pavement Distress Repair Training Course is designed to train participants in becoming efficient airfield distress repair specialists. The course gives a brief overview of general concepts surrounding airfield pavement structure and repair and the FDOT Statewide Pavement Management Program before providing technical education on the processes and methods of repairing airfield distresses.  The course educates students in the five categories of airfield pavement distress: cracking, distortion, disintegration, loss of skid resistance, and joint seal damage.  The course also provides detailed training on technical repair procedures necessary to fix these pavement distresses, and the appropriate procedure for temporary, permanent, and emergency repairs.

 

The Airfield Pavement Distress Repair Training Course consists of two parts.  The first days, 8 hours, will be conducted in the classroom.  On the second day, there will be 4 hours of fieldwork.  The participants will have the opportunity to join the instructor in conducting actual airfield distress repair on the field.  The training information for this course is directly based on the guidelines and procedures from FAA, AC 150/5380-6B.

 

You may contact the Aviation Engineering Manager for more information. 

Inspection Methodology for Whitetopping Manual
Whitetopping is a relatively new technique for repairing and resurfacing the asphalt runways, taxiways and aprons in which the existing asphalt surface is prepared and topped with slabs of concrete to form a composite paved surface.  Pursuant to Section 332.006, FS, the Inspection Methodology for Whitetopping Manual serves as a vital tool to assist the airfield pavement inspectors while performing their job in the field.  The manual details the different inspection techniques for the conventional, thin, and ultra-thin whitetopping methods.

 

You may contact the Airport Engineering Manager for additional information.  You may also download the Inspection Methodology for Whitetopping Manual.