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What Is HKG Tarmac Made Out Of?  
User currently offlineKaitak744 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2473 posts, RR: 3
Posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4947 times:

It seems the the aircraft ramp is neither cement nor asphalt and HKG. Seems like some sort of brick. What exactly is this? And is it used anywhere else in the world?


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User currently offlineCarpethead From Japan, joined Aug 2004, 3049 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4926 times:

Probably concrete bricks but this sure must increase costs of laying it all down. Interesting indeed.

User currently offlineBrenintw From Taiwan, joined Jul 2006, 2005 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4920 times:

Those are indeed concrete paving bricks. They're more expensive to install, but I think cheaper to maintain. For example, if there's a problem beneath them (leaky pipe etc), you can pull up the paving bricks, fix the problem, and replace the paving bricks -- you don't have to pay to re-lay a substantial portion of the surface like you would with asphalt.

User currently offlineSpacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3993 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4842 times:

Jeeze, they look just like the conrete pavers you can buy for your driveway/patio/pathways at Home Depot! Same shape and everything. Can't possibly be the same, can they?

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User currently offlineKwjlee From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 10 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4790 times:

I work in HKG and no one can tell me why using concrete bricks for the apron. My guess is that it is for the ease of maintenance as Brenintw has pointed out, and also for the flexibility to add stuffs like pipes and cables running under the apron.

Here is a pic showing when the A380 visit HKG last saturday, they actually had to run extra power supply to the aircraft. The temporay power supply is the little tower underneath the airbridge, conned off, then run two yellow cables to the nose gear, along with the existing orange ones from the airbridge. The temp power supply tower was put there in one night, I guess the apron being built with concrete bricks helped.


User currently offlineFL370 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 252 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4749 times:

yup i have similar bricks on my driveway, there expensive, and like brenintw said, cheaper to maintain, and there strong as hellL!!!!


User currently offlineHa763 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 3739 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4679 times:
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Since HKG is built on reclaimed land, my guess would be that the use of those pavers reduce the maintenance costs and time if and when the land starts to settle and creates low spots.

User currently offlineSapphireLHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 103 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4661 times:

Many stands at LHR, all the T1 Domestics for example are laid with brick pavers. They are excellent when maintainance is required as they are taken up and relaid very quickly with minimum stand closure time. No cement...no drying time.....

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