Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


FAA Updates Specs to Include Precast Concrete

Monday, February 11, 2019

Comment | More

The Federal Aviation Administration recently updated its “Standard Specifications for Construction of Airports” advisory circular, which now contains language for precast concrete.

The Standard

The guidance had never previously had any verbiage for precast concrete before and has primarily featured cast-in-place methods, which could become a hurdle for those on the job, according to Ty Gable, president of the National Precast Concrete Association.

MivPiv / Getty Images

The Federal Aviation Administration recently updated is “Standard Specifications for Construction of Airports” advisory circular, which now contains language for precast concrete. The update comes on the heels of the five-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Act, which allocated $96.7 billion in funding for aviation programs.

“The previous spec, which had not been updated for many years, had no mention of precast concrete,” Gable said in an NPCA statement.

“Cast-in-place was the preferred method, which meant that a pre-caster would often need to jump through hoops to persuade the local airport authority to convert a job to precast.”

The 717-page document highlights precast as a specific option for concrete drainage structures, and the guidance also requires that precast structures be provided by a plant meeting the requirements of the NPCA’s Plant Certification Program or a Resident Project Representative-approved third-party equivalent.

What’s more, the new specs are mandatory for all projects funded by federal grants, such as the Airport Improvement Program and projects funded by Passenger Facility Charge fees.

This comes on the heels of the five-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Act, which allocated $96.7 billion in funding for aviation programs.

The NPCA says that it had been working with the FAA director of Airport Safety and Standards to update FAA specifications to align with ASTM standards.

“The FAA Advisory Circular covers 19,000-plus airport authorities, including hundreds of major hub airports,” Gable said.

“It is likely to create a domino effect through the Department of Defense, which references the FAA spec, and other federal agencies. This is a big deal—a big win for NPCA and the precast concrete industry and the result of a lot of hard work and constant follow-up.”

   

Tagged categories: Airports; Aviation; Certifications and standards; Good Technical Practice; North America; Specification

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.


Advertisements
 
Fischer Technology Inc.

 
SAFE Systems, Inc.

 
KTA-Tator, Inc. - Corporate Office

 
Tarps manufacturing, Inc.

 
Sidewinder/Persyst Enterprises, Inc.

 
WEFTEC Show

 
ABKaelin, LLC

 
HoldTight Solutions Inc.

 
Safety Lamp of Houston, Inc.

 
Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America

 
 
 

Technology Publishing Co., 1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 2008, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

TEL 1-412-431-8300  • FAX  1-412-431-5428  •  EMAIL webmaster@paintsquare.com


The Technology Publishing Network

PaintSquare the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings Paint BidTracker

 
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   |   Support   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us