Aircraft Apron and Ramp Extension
Composite matting for parking apron, tarmac, and ramp expansions to increase airport capacity
All airports and landing strips need to have areas designated for aircraft parking. These areas are generally termed the “ramp” or “apron” and are areas designated for the parking, maintenance, loading, and unloading of aircraft. Without sufficient apron, an airfield’s capabilities can be adversely affected. When operations increase at an airfield, there is an increase in traffic, the associated maintenance work, and loading/unloading. Sufficient apron must be provided to support the increased traffic.
Signature’s products are designed to be a temporary or semi-permanent solution to apron traffic issues and can be deployed on short notice to increase ramp capacity and maximum on the ground (MOG) capabilities. An example of increased apron use might be the need for an airport to support disaster relief efforts where additional aircraft parking will be required to handle the increased number of aid flights and their associated unloading operations. Any airport may require apron expansion and Signature’s products are designed to abut existing apron and to provide an extended area for parking and other uses.
Apron traffic is not considered by the ICAO as part of the “maneuvering area” and is termed “apron (or ramp) traffic”. Sometimes this area is referred to as the “tarmac” and is distinct from runways and taxiways. For this reason Signature’s lighter duty products may be considered for general use, depending on ground conditions and the expected aircraft types. In some circumstances Signature’s heavier duty systems may be required (such as for C-130 type aircraft) but in others Signature’s HexaDeck product (such as for small single engine propeller aircraft) may be sufficient.
Products Available for This Application:
MegaDeck HD Matting – MegaDeck HD matting is Signature’s heaviest duty runway matting option. It is ideal for longer duration projects where a heavy duty, extremely stable surface is required. MegaDeck HD incorporates an overlap/underlap connection system that provides additional strength and prevents mud migration from below. Each MegaDeck HD mat is 7.5ft x 14ft and interconnects using Signature’s proprietary locking mechanism that provides incredible strength and aids rapid deployment. MegaDeck HD is 4 inches thick and is designed to handle softer and more difficult ground conditions, while remaining easy to install, store, transport, and remove.
DuraDeck Matting – Signature’s lightweight landing strip apron and parking option, suitable for lighter aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), and drones. Depending on the subsurface, DuraDeck can also be used for heavier aircraft. DuraDeck is easily deployed, compactly designed for easy transportation, economical, and is ideal for remote use. DuraDeck comes in 4ft x 8ft, 3ft x 8ft, 3ft x 6ft sections that are just over ½” thick and may be ordered with one of three surface design patterns (smooth, pedestrian-friendly, and rugged traction).4ft x 8ft sections weigh 86lbs. DuraDeck connects using metal connector plates that bolt mats together.