AGAT IS a synthetic turf designed for airports, landing strips, and helipads. With our experience within artificial turf, aviation, and civil engineering, we are able to offer the possibility of optimizing security, increasing efficiency, and environmental improvements, while minimizing operation costs. Our sustainable surface solutions are thoroughly tested in laboratories and airports all over the world.
The Danish-based company Evergreen Aviation has made the first installation of artificial turf in a European civil airport. The special artificial turf from Evergreen Aviation is named Aviation Grade Artificial Turf (AGAT) and is an innovative form of groundcover. AGAT is sustainable, easy to maintain and has a proven ability to reduce and prevent jet blast erosion and wildlife.
Evergreen Aviation provides consultancy, installation, service, operation and maintenance of AGAT.
Airport operators have multiple tools and methods at their disposal to reduce the risk of bird strikes and wildlife intrusions
Bird strikes and other encounters between aircraft and wildlife are a perennial danger to aviation safety, accounting for about 3.6% of all aviation accidents in 2017 according to International Air Transport Association (IATA) – but airport operators and industry are working together to minimise the risk.
High- and low-technology solutions are available, but wildlife management planners who deal with the problem must consider societal pressure (from environmental groups, for instance) to avoid the destruction of natural habitats. Speaking in November 2017 at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Seminar on Green Airports in Montréal, ACI World director general Angela Gittens emphasised that good practice in airport environmental management should be developed in many areas, including management of wildlife near and on the airfield. This demands a nuanced approach, and not simply measures to kill birds or other animals.