PNE Airside FlightTurf®

Since 2008, Native Return® has studied the economic, safety, and environmental benefits of replacing traditional turfgrass with lower-maintenance, wildlife-deterring FlightTurf®, within airport operations areas. As an initiative of the City of Philadelphia Division of Aviation’s (DOA) toward Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability, the Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE) was the site of this research.

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FlightTurf® 2.55 Acre Airfield Research Test Plots Before FlightTurf® Mowing weedy airfield turf around lights and signage is time consuming and a safety concern. FlightTurf® Seeding 2.55 Acre Airfield Research Test Plots 2.55 Acre Airfield Research (FlightTurf®) Test Plots
FlightTurf® One mow per year with existing equipment Winter look of FlightTurf® Years of Concurrent Wildlife monitoring to validate the safety of FlightTurf® May 21, 2012 (year two) FlightTurf®