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Lightning Strike Vulnerabilities to Military Airbases and Facilities
       Lightning Protection for Military Airbases (Lightning Mitigation Technologies for
       Air Force Bases, Naval Air Stations, Marine Corps Aviation and Army Airfields)

    Lightning poses a significant threat to military airbase operations throughout the United States and worldwide.  Many airbases experience significant damage from direct lightning strikes and power surges.  Damage and destruction to airbase facilities, aircraft, and equipment can wreak havoc on flight operations and airbase activities.  When this occurs, aircraft flight operations and airbase support activities can be significantly impaired for extended periods of time.  Combat readiness and sortie production is degraded.  

 

    It is estimated that annual lightning damage to property exceeds 20 million dollars.  In addition to property and equipment damages, lightning claims nearly 500 American deaths and over 2000 personal injuries yearly.  The majority of these incidents occur within the east and central parts of the country with Florida being the #1 state for direct lightning strikes.

     In order to minimize damage to facilities, aircraft, equipment, and injury/death to personnel, military airbases must adequately protect property and personnel from the effects of lightning.  Lightning  protection measures must be supported by reliable, capable equipment and technologies.
Buildings that stand alone (such as aircraft hangars and warehouses) are at greater risk than ones surrounded by larger buildings, which offer some protection. 

 

     A steel aircraft hangar, flight operations building, a warehouse, or support facility significantly reduces its vulnerability to lightning damage if the building's steel work is carried to the top of the structure.  Another way to reduce lightning damage vulnerability is via an effective lightning rod system attached to the steel framework and properly grounded.  Otherwise, almost any  structure is subject to damage by lightning if not protected by properly installed lightning rods.  

 

Protecting Airbases and Airports from the Forces of Nature

     The National Aerospace Organization is hosting a symposium and exposition on November 15th, 2012 to address new technologies and innovations for effectively protecting military airbases from lightning, hurricanes, fire, snow storms, and other common destructive natural forces.  Exciting presentations will be provided to explain and demonstrate the most effective technologies, construction innovations, and equipment for minimizing the destructive forces of nature upon military airbases and support flight operations.  

 

 

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Protecting Military Airbases
and
Commercial Airports
Against the Forces of Nature

Exposition and Symposium


November 15, 2012
Hilton Oceanfront Hotel (Cocoa Beach, Florida)
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