Airport design standards do not include specifications or guidance related to jet blast hazards, except for the risk of erosion on areas surrounding the runway and the aeraulic effects that can be created by an aircraft taxiing on a bridge. Yet jet blast also poses risks to infrastructure, equipment, and persons in other movement and nonmovement areas. This risk is of particular concern in apron areas where aircraft are operating in proximity to vehicles, equipment, employees, and passengers. Incorporating jet blast risk assessment in the design and layout of these areas would enhance safety, but the available literature and data on jet blast exposure are limited, and little guidance has been developed on jet blast hazard assessment.
The objective of this research is to develop a predictive model and electronic tool to help practitioners estimate jet blast exposure of non-movement areas based on local parameters (e.g., taxilane centerline, slope, type of aircraft, operating conditions). Given the limited data currently available, a field measurement campaign may also be required as an additional objective.