Cillessen & Sons offers airfield rubber removal services to airports and airfields in Wichita and the entire state of Kansas.
The maintenance our workforce and equipment provide for runways keeps airfields safer for pilots, their passengers, and ground crew. We work with private, commercial and military airfields including Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport, McConnell Air Force Base and others.
Airfield Rubber Removal
Airfield rubber removal gets rid of residual rubber and re-texturizes the surface of the runway, leaving it ready for use.
Cillessen & Sons offers three rubber-removal methods. The first method is to grind the rubber from the surface. Second, we use high-pressure air to blast the surface with metal shot to remove rubber. Finally, we offer state-of-the-art water-blasting technology. This method scours off existing rubber while leaving the underlying surface clean and residue free. Water blasting is cost effective, has no harmful effect on the structural integrity of the surface, and leaves pavement ready to use. The process is also environmentally friendly and fast, guaranteeing efficient work time and minimal interruption to airfield traffic flow.
Why Rubber Builds-up on Airfields
At the moment of impact, a landing plane’s tires aren’t spinning. It takes time for rotation to begin, and until it does, the high-speed impact of landing and the weight of the plane drag the tires along the runway. This friction between the stationary tire and the runway surface leaves rubber behind, which hardens to the landing strip.
This rubber builds up over time. If not dealt with, rubber residue can cause unsafe conditions for all aircraft attempting to land or navigate the runway. It lessens the level of pavement texture on the runway, making the surface slicker.
These conditions may prevent landing planes’ tires from getting enough grip on the surface. This can result in potentially dangerous incidences such as:
- Trouble braking
- Lateral sliding
- Runway overrun