United States Air Force Academy (AFF)
Colorado Springs, Colorado

World’s largest single area of aviation turf - 1.4 million sqft – was installed in 2012. Vibrations during landing, ruts and depressions can cause harm to the fiberglass in the Academy’s TG-16 planes, which is amplified on the natural grass landscape. The durable artificial turf reduces these hazards and greatly improves the life expectancy of the fleet.

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Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI)
Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport contracted AvTurf to install 27,000 sq. ft. of its CA1201 synthetic turf between intersecting runways 15R/33L and 10/28 as a means to eliminate runway closures due to airfield mowing.

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Istanbul Atatürk International Airport (IST)
Yeşilköy, Turkey

Istanbul Airport Istanbul International Airport decided to use 122,000 sq. ft. of AvTurf to solve its jet blast erosion issue at an island between Taxiway G, G1, and Runway 36R.

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Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
Boston, Massachusetts

AvTurf’s first glue down application is among the 186,000 sq. ft. of AvTurf synthetic turf Massport commissioned in the five different airfield areas at Boston Logan to improve visual enhancement and lower maintenance at its intersecting runways.

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John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Jamaica, New York

To minimize maintenance and erosion, AvTurf completed a 55,000 sq. ft. synthetic turf installation in the Runway Safety Area adjacent to intersecting runways 22R/4L and 13R/31L and running along runway 13R/3L to taxiway KA at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

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Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
Mississauga, Ontario

AvTurf completed the first ever international installation of airside turf at Canada’s Toronto Pearson International Airport. The 2,500-square-foot plot of synthetic turf was subject to a 15-month technical review and economic appraisal of its jet blast resistance, durability, integrity and flammability

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Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)
Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Midway Airport is the airport in the world to have synthetic turf installed and is the site of the first ever AvTurf installation. Utilizing AvTurf’s original 2.5” fiber product, three individual MDW plots covering 27,500 sq. ft. served as a test ground to examine AvTurf’s visual enhancement and load bearing characteristics.

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Protect More – Aviation Turf For Erosion Control And Safety Enhancements

The AvTurf system replaces the natural grass ground cover at an airport to provide erosion control, reduce debris-causing effects of jet blast, deter birds and animals, and stabilize runway and taxiway shoulders and infield islands. It also enhances pilots’ visibility on approach, reduces maintenance needs in safety areas, and provides stable areas for emergency response vehicles to drive through and directly to a situation. LEARN MORE



AvTurf synthetic turf helps airport operators easily identify and remove FOD from the artificial turf installation areas.


AvTurf enhances the visual delineation for pilots and airport ground crew. It can be used for painted infield islands and decommissioned high speed exits or taxiways in lieu of painted yellow X’s.


Installing artificial turf on airport property minimizes the need for equipment or personnel to be in or around runway/ taxiway safety areas.


AvTurf artificial turf is resistant to erosion created by jet blast, creating a stable area for runway and taxiway shoulders.


Water drains easily through AvTurf. Sand infill is a natural filter that can drain approximately 60 gallons (227 liters) of water per sq. ft. per hour.


Burrowing species cannot penetrate the synthetic turf backing and are forced to move away from the installation area.


Covering infield islands with AvTurf creates a stable area that allows emergency response equipment quicker access during all types of weather.


Bird strikes cost the aviation industry $1.2 billion per year. AvTurf creates an environment free of food, water and shelter for birds. AvTurf alongside runways will reduce the potential for bird strikes.



  • WIND TUNNEL & BURN TESTS: AvTurf demonstrated superiority in adhesion and lack of flammability
  • JET BLAST: AvTurf did not show signs of movement or uplift from jet blast on runway
  • DRAINAGE: AvTurf can accommodate high rainfall rates, when placed over a highly permeable layer
  • LOAD BEARING: AvTurf can support ultra-heavy loads, including large aircraft and emergency response equipment
  • ASTM: Meets the applicable compliance installation requirements


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Training Runway for US Air Force Academy

Colorado Springs, CO USA - 1.4 million sqft- world’s largest single area of aviation turf

Vibrations during landing, ruts and depressions can cause harm to the fiberglass in the Academy’s TG-16 planes, which is amplified on the natural grass landscape. The durable artificial turf reduces these hazards and greatly improves the life expectancy of the fleet. The surface also shortens the recovery and re-staging time between flights and allows landing of more gliders at a time. According to the Air Force Academy, the airfield “averages more than 17,000 sorties and 5,700 hours of combined flight time per year.”