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Runway Thick With Smoking Rubber!  
User currently offlineYak42 From Ireland, joined Oct 2000, 806 posts, RR: 5
Posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1975 times:

The rubber on this BEY runway looks really thick, at least a few millimeters. I thought there was only ever skid marks. Could this really be or is it an illusion?

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[Edited 2004-11-13 01:23:05]

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User currently offlineNBGskygod From United States of America, joined May 2004, 925 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1898 times:

Eventually the rubber does build up, degrading the traction of the pavement, it is usually removed once it builds up enough.

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User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1893 times:

And also I'd think in a place as warm as BEY or LAS where the sun really heats up the pavement that there would be more of a build up since rubber tends to stick more to hot surfaces.


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User currently offlineFlyingbronco05 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3841 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1783 times:

it is usually removed once it builds up enough.

How is it removed?


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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11200 posts, RR: 57
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1774 times:

The operator of the airport, Middle East Airport Services (MEAS), one of MEA's three subsidaries de-rubberizes the runways.

Check out their website for more information:

Here is a photo of them de-rubberizing the runway in Beirut Int'l:

Here is a paragraph from their website:

Our cleaning program continues to cover aprons and runways. This cleaning process starts with daily cleaning activities such as manual cleaning & vacuuming of aprons and service roads. This is followed by periodic cleaning which includes mechanical sweeping of taxi Ways with Water Jet & Single Disk, degreasing of Aprons using Sweeper, Degreasing & Cleaning of traffic lines on Aprons & Runways. Another type of periodic cleaning is the Periodic Derubberizing of Runways, especially on the Aviation Marking Lines with Sweeper Derruberizer.

Hope this helps.


It's actually quite gloomy and cool in Beirut now. That's how it is in the winter.


[Edited 2004-11-13 04:45:12]

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User currently offlineSfo212 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 220 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1740 times:

At SFO, a rubber removal company comes out about 4 times a year to remove the buildup. The majority of time they work on the touchdown areas of 28L and 28R. The same company rotates around the different airports up and down the west coast.

User currently offlineKDTWFlyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 844 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1680 times:

What kind of buildup thickness are we talking about here, 1cm? What is the world's widest improved surface runway? The runway @ X68 is 300ft. across...any larger than that?

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