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Hurricane / Tropical Storm Protection for Airports and General Aviation
       Hurricane Protection for Airports (Storm Preparation Technologies for
       Commercial, Municipal, and Regional Airports and General Aviation)

     When the wind speeds of a tropical storm reach 74 mph, the storm is defined as a hurricane when it occurs in the North Atlantic or the Caribbean. In the western Pacific Ocean, hurricanes are called typhoons. In the Indian Ocean region, the term cyclone is used. The Atlantic Ocean’s hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30. However the hurricane season normally peaks from mid-August to late October. Over the past five decades, each season averages five to six hurricanes.


     These storms often bring great destruction. When a hurricane makes landfall, it creates a storm surge that can reach 20 feet (6 meters) in height. The area covered by a storm surge can extend up to 100 miles (161 kilometers).  Storm surge can travel several miles inland.  Most hurricane related deaths (+90%) result from the storm surge.  The high winds are also extremely destructive. Hurricanes may spawn numerous deadly tornadoes. Torrential rains can produce significant damage through regional flooding and resulting landslides. The devastating effects of a hurricane can occur many miles inland from the hurricane's initial landfall.  


    Airports, airfields, and general aviation operations located along the coastal areas of the United States have experienced significant damage from hurricanes and tropical storms.  Damage and destruction to airport facilities, aircraft, and equipment can wreak havoc on flight operations and passenger/cargo movement.  Damage caused by high winds is a primary cause of hurricane-inflicted loss of life, injury, and property damage.  But another significant cause of damage stems from flooding resulting from the coastal storm surge of the ocean and the heavy, persistent rainfall.  When this occurs, aircraft flight operations can be significantly impaired for extended periods of time.  This flight operations degradation can cause a negative ripple effect at other airports and airfields across the United States and internationally.  


     The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has stated that for hurricane vulnerable areas, impact-resistant glass and shutters specifically designed to meet a combination of impact and continuous pressure from the wind are needed to protect buildings. Reinforcing windows and doors is an essential step towards creating a critical barrier to protect a building from wind, wind-borne debris and water damage. If a building's windows are breached, a hurricane's wind can exert pressure on the roof and walls, causing the collapse of the building. Much of the damage that occurs from a hurricane results from failure of a building's windows and doors. These failures can initiate interior wall failure and even roof failure.


     For aircraft hangars and large warehouse structures, the weakest structural point is typically large access doors.  Large moving access doors found in aircraft hangars and warehouse loading docks can easily buckle and collapse under pressure from high winds.  For this reason, heavy, reinforced door systems are a smart investment for airports and general aviation facilities located in hurricane prone areas.  

     In order to minimize damage to facilities, aircraft, equipment, and injury/death to personnel, airports along or near vulnerable coastlines must adequately prepare for hurricanes and tropical storms.  Airport hurricane protection measures and contingency plans must be supported by reliable, capable equipment and technologies. Airport management, construction contractors, and emergency preparedness personnel must be trained and prepared to properly use this equipment.


Protecting 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 commercial airports from hurricanes, tropical 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 airports and general aviation.  



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Protecting Military Airbases
Commercial Airports
Against the Forces of Nature

Exposition and New Technology Presentations

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

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