The IRFI - Ready for the Real World?

This article reviews the development of an international runway friction index (IRFI), considered by many as a testament to international cooperation within the aviation industry. Presented are the results of the third International Meeting on Aircraft Performance on Contaminated Runways (IMAPCR), held in 2004. A general agreement that the science behind the concept of an international runway friction index is workable, but further work may be needed to turn the results of the research into a practical and useful tool for all of the stakeholders. A standard to calculate IRFI has been developed by the American Society for Testing and Materials that accommodates all major measurement techniques and equipment currently used around the world. An important next step is an independent assessment of whether an international methodology can be developed. The consensus at IMAPCR 2004 was that the aviation community needs to act on the current research findings.


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  • Accession Number: 01001288
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 25 2005 6:26PM