Statewide Airfield Pavement Management Program
The State of Florida has over 100 public airports that are vital to the Florida economy and to the economy of the United States. These public airports range from small, general aviation airports to large, international hub airports. These airports serve business travelers, tourism, and cargo operations that are crucial to the daily life of the people of Florida.
There are millions of square feet of pavement for runways, taxiways, aprons, and other areas that support aircraft operations. The timely and proper maintenance and rehabilitation (M&R) of these pavements allows the airports to operate efficiently, economically, and without excessive down time. To support the planning, scheduling, and design of M&R activities, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Aviation Office (AO) has implemented the FDOT Statewide Airfield Pavement Management Program (SAPMP). Statewide 95 public use airports are participating in this program. The SAPMP provides participating airports individual Pavement Evaluation Reports that provide current functional pavement condition, forecasted pavement condition, planning-level maintenance, and planning-level major rehabilitation and reconstruction needs.
The SAPMP enables the FDOT AO and the FAA to monitor the condition of the pavement infrastructure at the airports in the Florida airport system. The SAPMP provides objective condition information needed to make informed decisions regarding the significant capital investment the public use airport pavement infrastructure represents. The SAPMP goals consist of the following:
- Assist airports in meeting the requirements of Public Law 103-305;
- Provide airports with functional pavement condition in accordance with ASTM D5340-12 (current) and with the FAA AC 150/5380-7B (current) based on visual inspection efforts;
- Provide airports with planning-level guidance on maintenance, repair, and rehabilitation in accordance with FAA AC 150/5380-6C (current) based on pavement conditions and distress data in terms of type, severity, and extent; and
- Provide airports, FDOT Districts, FDOT AO, and the FAA Airports District Office with long-term, planning-level forecasts of pavement performance and rehabilitation budgetary needs (e.g., maintenance, repair, and major reconstruction) through reports.
Pursuant to Section 332.006, FS, the Statewide Airfield Pavement Management 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 and rehabilitation needs, and costs estimate for those actions. In addition to the participating airport sponsors receiving Individual Airport Pavement Evaluation reports; the SAPMP produces District Pavement Management Summary Reports for the seven (7) FDOT districts and a Statewide Airfield Pavement Management Program Summary Report. The resulting Statewide Airfield Pavement Management Program Summary Reports are intended to provide an overview of the needs of the overall Florida Aviation System.
Statewide Pavement Management Summary Reports
Interactive Mapping Application
In addition to the summary reports mentioned above, the current program update will provide participants access to an interactive mapping application utilizing Portal for ArcGIS hosted by the FDOT. The application makes the pavement condition data readily accessible and enables decision makers the ability to gather data quickly and efficiently to assist in their project planning decisions.
Airfield Pavement Inspection Reference Manual
Pursuant to Section 332.006, FS, the Airfield Pavement Inspection Reference Manual serves as a tool to assist Airport Sponsors and users in the observation of pavement distresses on airfield pavements. The manual provides guidance in identifying and inspecting the distresses found in both flexible and rigid airfield pavements in accordance with the guidance set forth in the FAA AC 150/5380-7 (latest edition) and in the ASTM D5340 (latest edition).
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 familiarize participants in the methodology of PCI airfield pavement inspections. Participants receive training in identifying pavement distresses, and calculating the pavement condition index (PCI), both manually and with a computer software program.
The Airfield Pavement Inspection Training Course consists of two parts. Day one of pavement inspection training consists of eight (8) hours of classroom training. Day two consists of four (4) hours of field training and four (4) hours of classroom training. The participants will have the opportunity to join the instructors in conducting actual airfield distress inspection in the field. The training information for this course is based on the guidelines and procedures from FAA, AC 150/5380-7B and the ASTM D5340-12.
Airfield Pavement Distress Repair Manual
Pursuant to Section 332.006, FS, the Airfield Pavement Distress Repair Manual serves as a tool to assist airfield pavement maintenance or repair specialists while performing repairs in the field. The manual provides detailed descriptions of pavement distresses, as well as technical repair procedures for typical pavement distresses. The information for the Airfield Pavement Distress Repair Manual is based on the guidelines and procedures from FAA, AC 150/5380-6C.
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 familiarize participants in the methodology of airfield pavement distress repairs. The course gives a brief overview of general concepts surrounding airfield pavement structure and repair before providing technical education on the processes and methods of repairing airfield distresses. The course educates students in airfield pavement distresses. The course also provides detailed training on technical repair procedures necessary to fix these pavement distresses, and the recommended procedure for temporary, permanent, and emergency repairs.
Pavement repair training consists of one (1), eight (8) hour day of classroom training. The training information for this course is based on the guidelines and procedures from FAA, AC 150/5380-6C.
The course also presents a training video produced by the FDOT Aviation Office demonstrating Airfield Pavement Distress Repair to assist airfield pavement maintenance or repair specialists.
You may contact the Airport Engineering Manager for more information.