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Airport Wind Loads

Airport Wind Loads

Airport Wind Loads

Is there any special wind load provisions necessary at airport facility structures due to jetwash or rotor wash from helicopters?  I haven't seen or found anything.  Any military specs maybe??
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RE: Airport Wind Loads

I've never heard of such a thing in any code body anywhere.  The only special item may be that the airport is considered an essential facility and would require an importance factor higher than 1.0.

RE: Airport Wind Loads

Thanks JAE.  My opinion is if you need to worry about it, either the building or the aircraft is in the wrong place!

RE: Airport Wind Loads

Check "Planning and Design of Airports" by R. Horonjeff, McGraw Hill, Chapter 9.
Some of the elements in the proximity of the runways and taxiways (signage, blast fences) may have design wind (jet wash) speed in excess of the regular local code, until it requires 200mph.
See also http://www.faa.gov/arp/pdf/5345-44f.pdf for details.

RE: Airport Wind Loads

Check out the FAA Advisory Circulars.  They have an entire group of circulars pertaining to design of airports.  Maybe the info you seek would be there.  They have different topics, like planning, and design, etc.  Here is their main advisory circular page:


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