Reduced Friction Runway Surface Flight Testing - Wet Runway Taxi Test Procedures At Edwards Air Force Base
773rd Test Squadron 412th Test Wing Edwards AFB United States
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This report documents the wet runway taxi test procedures used by the 412th Test Wing at Edwards Air Force Base, California, USA. Wet runway taxi tests warrant special considerations to ensure a valid, repeatable and safe wet runway test surface is prepared and that the test is executed safely and efficiently. The 412th Test Wing uses detailed runway wetting procedures, specially equipped ground vehicles and a runway that was specifically designed for wet runway taxi tests. The wet runway test section is tailored to the aircraft size and expected braking distance and is typically 25 to 50 feet wide and up to 5,000 feet long. There are dry runway safety recovery zones to both sides and beyond the end of the wet runway test section in case the test pilot experiences an unexpected aircraft response.
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