SFO – San Francisco International Airport

San Francisco, USA


SFO – San Francisco International Airport – USA




1R/19L and 1L/19R (4 EMASMAX Systems)


57.5 Million Passengers in 2019


Large jets from B747, B777, B767, A320 to Regionals such as ERJ190 & CRJ200


San Francisco International Airport (SFO), owned and operated by the City and County of San Francisco is an international airport 13 miles (21 km) south of downtown San Francisco, California. It has flights to points throughout North America and is a major gateway to Europe and Asia. SFO is the largest airport in the Bay Area and the second busiest in California, after LAX. In 2019, it was the seventh-busiest airport in the United States (+57M pax) and the 24th-busiest in the world by passenger count.

The airport is bounded by North Access Road on the north, San Francisco Bay on the south and east and US Highway 101 on the west. The two parallel cross wind runways, 1R/19L and 1L/19R are RSA deficient on each end with no practicable means for improvement. SFO, in order to improve runway safety and meet RSA standards completed installation of an Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS) arrestor bed at each of the four (4) departure ends. Each system was installed 35 ft (10.67 m) from runway end with bed lengths varied from 372 ft – 437 ft (113.4 m – 133.2 m).


Installation of the four EMASMAX systems at SFO began in the summer of 2014 with installation of each system requiring approximately two weeks to complete. The systems themselves were procured directly by the airport and provided to the construction site for installation as airport owned materials. Installation was completed by the airport hired contractor with EMASMAX manufacturing representatives on site, resulting in reduced project costs.