PaintSquare.com


The First Word in Protective & Marine Coatings

A Product of Technology Publishing / PaintSquare
JPCL | PaintSquare News | Durability + Design | Paint BidTracker

JPCL FREE Trial

Paint and Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


Airport Paint Taxis to Trouble with FAA

Friday, August 31, 2012

More items for Program/Project Management

Comment | More

Painted markings on the taxiways at Lubbock International Airport are chipping off, in violation of federal standards, and must be replaced, the Federal Aviation Administration has told the city.

 

And the airport has already missed one deadline to repair the problem.

 

 The airport, which opened in 1937, is the eighth-busiest airport in Texas.

Lubbock Convention & Visitors Bureau

The airport, which opened in 1937, is the eighth-busiest airport in Texas.

An FAA inspection May 15-17 “revealed that the airport was not being operated and maintained in compliance with all of the requirements of Federal Aviation Regulation," according to the FAA’s Letter of Correction, which was sent June 11 and recently released by the City of Lubbock.

Chipping Paint Debris

The report cites two violations related to painted markings on the taxiways at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport, Texas’s eighth-busiest airport, which opened in 1937. The issue involves thick paint chips that could potentially be sucked into jet engines.

"The paint on the taxiway centerline edge markings, and the enhanced taxiway centerline were found to be thick and chipping, causing a foreign object debris hazard,” the FAA’s letter says. “Paint must be physically removed."

The letter adds: "We have given consideration to all available facts and concluded that this matter does not warrant legal action at this time. In lieu of such action, we are issuing this letter of correction, which will be made a matter of record."

Airport executive director James Loomis blamed the problem on “old paint and years of buildup from multiple coats of the reflective paint,” the local Avalanche-Journal reported.

Loomis said the paint chips posed “no potential hazard” and called the FAA’s conclusion “a discrepancy that is subjective to an inspector.” Nevertheless, the city will fix the paint, he said.

No Immediate Danger

Lubbock and FAA officials say the problem does not pose an immediate safety threat. If the issue threatened lives, regulators would order the airport to shut down the taxiway sections in question, an FAA spokesman told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

On the other hand, the FAA gave the city 60 days to fix the paint, and the city notified the FAA in July that the airport could not meet that deadline.

"Even with an aggressive schedule of day-and-night work, the project is estimated to take a minimum of eight weeks to complete, without any weather/equipment delays factored in." Steve Nicholson, Deputy Director of Operations & Safety, wrote the agency, KCBD reported.

Repair Project

The city told the FAA that the airport would bid the project July 17, receive City Council approval for the funding Aug. 9, and execute the contract by about Aug. 15.

That schedule is apparently playing out, as the City Council recently approved spending $360,000 to remove the old paint and recoat the taxiways.

Hi-Lite Markings Inc. of New York was the sole bidder for the project, but airport engineers sought prices from other companies to ensure the bid was reasonable, the city said, according to the Avalanche-Journal.

 Airport coating contractor Hi-Lite 
Markings will perform the taxiway coatings removal and repaint project.

Hi-Lite Markings

Airport coating contractor Hi-Lite Markings will perform the taxiway coatings removal and repaint project.

Established in 1979, Hi-Lite Markings bills itself as the leading airport runway and taxiway marking contractor in North America. The company specializes in runway rubber removal and paint removal, surface preparation, pavement maintenance and friction testing. 

   

Tagged categories: Project Management

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

JPCL Europe
Special EMEA edition!

Now, the publisher of JPCL offers essential news and knowledge for protective and marine coatings professionals in Europe, the Middle East and Africa: www.jpcleurope.com


SAFE Systems, Inc.
Custom blast rooms
by SAFE Systems

Don't waste time and money "making do" with a "standard" design. Let us work with you to design and build the
system that best fits
your requirements.
Call 1-800-634-7278


Blastox/The TDJ Group, Inc.
Blastox - One Step
Lead Abatement

Don't waste $$ on added labor steps with other methods. Don't mix, meter or apply at the job-site. Avoid strict hazardous waste rules.
Let your painters paint!


Minerals Research & Recovery
PREMIUM SLAG ABRASIVES

Visit mrrinc.com Companies specializing
in abandonment and decommissioning projects have discovered that Sharpshot® 20X50 copper slag is an ideal product for subsea waterjet cutting.
Call Steve: 520-297-4626


US Minerals
US Minerals -
Black Magnum

With nationwide production and distribution capabilities, U.S. Minerals supplies a complete range of coal slag and other abrasives to meet all of your blasting needs.


LS Industries
LS Blasters: Optimum Steel Cleaning Efficiency

Simplify surface prep with the precise shot control of LS Blasters. Our blast technology delivers optimum coverage and finish. 800-533-8008


Axxiom Manufacturing
Schmidt Introduces
the New miniBRS

Reduced in size, it is incredibly easy to maneuver and operate! The perfect alternative to larger blast & recovery units when project space is limited.
Call 1-800-231-2085

 
 
 
Technology Publishing

The Technology Publishing Network

The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) PaintSquare
Durability + Design Paint BidTracker JPCL Europe

 
EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us
 

© Copyright 2000-2014, Technology Publishing / PaintSquare, All rights reserved
2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951; Tel 1-412-431-8300; Fax 1-412-431-5428; E-mail webmaster@paintsquare.com