Clearwater, FL (PRWEB) May 6, 2010
The International Friction Pavement Association (IFPA), a global agency created to develop and standardize friction pavement evaluations has named its new runway friction test track after Thomas J. Yager, a distinguished NASA retiree who has been instrumental in keeping runways and highways safe for travelers.
The Thomas J. Yager Research and Test Facility is a 1,500-foot runway located at the Hernando County Airport Industrial Park in Brooksville, Florida. The test track will be available for field testing and consists of various pavement types that occur on airport runways. Rubber buildup, temperature and weather affect the condition of airport runways. IFPA will conduct field tests on the friction properties of the pavement types on its track and share findings with the FAA so they may be considered in future airport runway safety standards.
Yager spent his entire career working for NASA. His responsibilities included evaluating aircraft ground handling performance and runway friction surveys using instrumented ground test vehicles. A graduate of the University of Portland's engineering science program, Yager is an internationally recognized expert in the investigation of aircraft skidding accidents.
About the International Friction Pavement Association (IFPA)
IFPA, a not-for-profit organization, was formed in 2006 to provide both technical and industry expertise on issues related to pavement friction safety of international airfield and runway surfaces. IFPA's mission is to gather pavement consultants, engineers, institutions, universities and airport operations staff to collaborate on improving research in the science of pavement friction testing for the betterment of transportation safety