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FAA & TriServices Discussions Yield Positive Results

A series of meetings last week set a positive tone for developing a collaborative applied research & technology program and for improving airport concrete pavement specifications. 

Representatives of ACPA met with John Dermody, Director of the Office of Airport Safety and Standards; Khalil Kodsi, Airports Division Manager; and Doug Johnson, FAA Headquarters Paving Engineer. Gary Mitchell, ACPA’s Vice President of Airports, says they had a productive discussion about various research topics, as well as how to structure an applied research program that would facilitate agency and industry collaboration.

As ACPA has been reporting, Gary and others representing the concrete pavement industry have fostered an excellent relationship with the agency and have been working closely with officials from  FAA Headquarters and the William J. Hughes Technical Center to discuss both a viable collaboration and specific focal points for applied research that is focused on improving the quality of concrete pavements. As reported in ACPA  TODAY, the 2020 appropriations legislation, signed into law in December, provides funding for R&T similar to what ACPA developed and led to create the Accelerated Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technologies (AID-PT) program with the FHWA. ACPA worked closely with PCA and NAPA on both programs, and it should be noted that the asphalt pavement industry is also engaged in similar discussions about R&T with FAA officials.

Also last week, there were two meetings with the US military Tri-Services, the first of which involved military officials, ACPA staff, Airfield task force Chairman Martin Holt (Interstate Highway Construction), other contractors, vendors and architectural and engineering (A/E) firms to discuss specifications. The group had a thorough and detailed discussion about the military’s Unified Facilities Guide Specifications, all with the aim of fine tuning and improving the concrete pavement spec.

Later in the week, Gary, Martin Holt and Jerry Voigt, met with the Tri-Services to discuss specifics ways to help improve concrete pavements and concrete pavement construction. “We agreed to enter into a close working relationship,” Gary says, adding that this relationship is focusing on a “better understanding of each other’s perspectives.”

He adds the military has some very exacting standards for quality, and those standards have everything to do with both the overall mission, as well as the type of aircraft taking off and landing on pavements, often in less than ideal conditions. “We understand and appreciate the Department of Defense requirements and why they are so exacting.”

The working relationship is very important and underscores the important point that our goals are the same: to increase the quality of airfield concrete pavements, he says.

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ACPA Leads Plant Training

With support from members Duit Construction Co.* and RexCon,* ACPA presented plant manager training for Duit personnel last week. Personnel from the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) audited and provided feedback on the course. 

The training is part of a specification requirement for a project at Tinker Air Force Base, OK.  The course last week allowed Duit to meet the specification requirements several months before alternate training was available.

John Privrat of Duit Construction praised the team efforts led by Gary Mitchell. “The team ‘knocked it out of the park,’ especially since we had to put this whole class together in less than a month,” John says. “Gary did a great job anchoring most of the presentations, and we also had several other quality speakers. The feedback I received from our people, and from USACE and the Air Force was overwhelmingly positive. We sure appreciate the support from ACPA and all of the work Gary put into this. As always he did an outstanding job.”

Privrat, who serves as the ACPA Airports Task Force vice chair, adds that he hopes this training module will be included in future airfield pavement specifications.

* ACPA member companies.

Reminder: Register Today for Airfield Concrete Pavements Workshop


There’s still time to register for ACPA’s comprehensive, three-day workshop covering best practices in airfield pavement design and construction.  The course will be held October 14 through 16 at ACPA’s Rosemont, Ill.-headquarters, located at 9450 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont, Illinois.   This special training event will be held in the 3rd floor conference room.

The curriculum is well suited for contractors; airport owners and owners’ representatives; consultants/engineers; inspectors; military engineers; Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) personnel, and others with an interest in designing, constructing, and maintaining quality concrete pavements for commercial airports and military airfield applications.

Leading experts from the American Concrete Pavement Association, the Federal Aviation Administration, and other companies in the airport construction community will present information and lead open discussions.

Program Overview
In addition to providing comprehensive information about airport pavement design & construction, it will also cover various specifications (i.e., P-501, Unified Facilities Guide Specifications, etc.); advisory circulars; engineering briefs; and other resources.  

Just a few of the topic areas that will be covered in the workshop include foundation support, jointing, concrete mixtures, stockpiling, concrete plant management, acceptance criteria, smoothness, and much more.

Professional Development Hours
Participants will have the opportunity to earn up to 20 professional development hours (PDH’s) for the successful completion of the course.  ACPA encourages participants to confirm the acceptance of ACPA-issued PDH’s with licensing organizations in their state/province.

Registration Information
Registration for this three-day course is $750 for ACPA members, $900 for non-members, and $500 for government employees. 

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