The recreational and professional drone industry has grown exponentially in recent years and this has led to the implementation of new national regulations. As a result, the European Union is seeking to unify these regulations under the Single European Sky programme, SESAR. Ineco is participating in several projects to define the safety requirements that these unmanned aircraft must meet.
There are hundreds of factors that could affect airport operations and potentially cause an incident: incorporation of aircraft with larger fuselages, the placement of cranes or a new building in the surrounding areas of an airport, a runway with an excessive slope, a poor drainage system, a shed or a nearby tree mass, an area with strong winds, etc. There are also strict regulations and procedures to prevent and manage each event.
When the pavement of a new airport or enlargement is designed, it is usually with a view to a 20 year life cycle. However, weathering, overloading and variations to the forecasted level of traffic will all sorteen its life cycle. Ineco has developed a pavement management tool, Gestrol, which monitors and forecasts the evolution of the pavement.