Runway Safe’s arresting system EMAS, is expected to be perfect when an imperfect event occurs.

Safety can never be compromised when a runway excursion occurs!

Safety is our mission! Our priority is to improve airport operational safety in the event of an aircraft runway excursion. Excursions are the most common type of aviation accident worldwide. Almost one out of four aviation accidents involve a runway excursion. However, excursions are one of the few accident types where the airport operator has an influence on the outcome.

EMAS arresting systems are installed at the end of the runway when a full-dimension runway safety area is not practical.  It is a cost-effective way of improving safety where runway safety area distance is limited by site conditions. EMAS arresting system does not only replace RESA but also increases safety in situations with tabletop mountains, roads, railroads, waterways, buildings, environment restrictions, or other obstacles close to runways.

Our arresting systems are fully accepted by the FAA and fully comply with the international aviation authority guidelines of ICAO Annex 14.

The arresting system is a passive safety system, meeting FAA Advisory Circular AC150/5220-22B, and thus requires no action on the part of air traffic controllers or pilots. It is configured to safely stop an aircraft in the event of a runway excursion by exerting predictable deceleration forces on its landing gear as the material deforms bringing the aircraft to a controlled stop. Our arresting systems are fully accepted by the FAA and fully comply with the international aviation authority guidelines of ICAO Annex 14.

No EMAS arresting system is ever installed unless it’s supported by a validated design method that predicts the performance of the system. As the saying goes, “each airport is unique” and so is each arresting system provided by Runway Safe. During the design phase, our performance engineers work together with the airport team and airfield consultants to optimize the performance of the arresting system within local restrictions. Our performance engineering team carries out complex analysis of over 100 variables for each operating aircraft, validating that our arresting system gives an optimized performance, tailor-made to each runway that accommodates an airport’s specific aircraft fleet mix.

To ensure that airports with Airport Operating Certificates are meeting the requirements of Part 139, Runway Safe staff are on-site during the complete installation to do quality control. The Runway Safe quality assurance program makes sure that all the materials and processes are checked throughout the installation until acceptance.

The Runway Safe arresting system is designed, and materials are selected for a technical lifespan of 20 years. With installations spanning 70 airports within 5 regions, Runway Safe offers tailored service agreements to assist operators in reaching or increasing the life expectancy of their runway arresting system. Our Life Cycle Management Team is available to work with each airport to create a customized plan based on the EMAS installation environment, size, and capabilities of the airport team maintaining the bed.

As a manufacturer of safety systems, we take our responsibility seriously. We are proud that our arresting systems have a 100% successful performance record making 21 overrun arrestments to date saving hundreds of human lives, protecting assets and infrastructure, and improving runway safety.

What’s at the end of your runway?  If it’s a Runway Safe EMAS system, you know that it meets the highest quality and safety standards. Be assured that when you need us, we’ll be there!


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