The National Academies

ACRP 03-54 [Anticipated]

General Aviation Airports Runway Length Analysis

  Project Data
Funds: $300,000
Staff Responsibility: Joseph D. Navarrete
Fiscal Year: 2020

This project has been tentatively selected and a project statement (request for proposals) is expected to be available on this website. The problem statement below will be the starting point for a panel of experts to develop the project statement.

One of the most important operational characteristics of an airport is the length of its longest runway, as this is a key factor in determining the types of aircraft that can use the airport and whether or not these aircraft can operate at their maximum capabilities. Runway length is also important from a cost perspective, because, in general, the longer the runway, the greater the cost to maintain it. Runway length requirements often are difficult to determine for general aviation (GA) aircraft, due to limited and outdated guidance. For example, FAA Advisory Circular 150/5325-4B has not been updated in nearly 15 years and only provides runway length charts for families of common GA aircraft.
The objective of this research is to develop guidance to help practitioners calculate runway length requirements for airports serving GA aircraft, focusing on the fleet with maximum takeoff weights of 12,500 pounds or less.

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