This paper reviews, from the operational standpoint, basic design, construction, and operation of a jet runway. In basic runway design the controlling factors are usually site location and climatology. A prime requisite during the construction of a new jet runway is the need for a high coefficient of friction between the airplane tire and the runway.
An analysis of factors affecting runway design such as texturing of surfaces, drainage requirements, in-runway lighting, seal coating of surfaces, and runway grooving is presented. Further complicating the problem of runway design, natural elements such as water, slush, ice, and snow have to be considered and provision for the elimination of accumulations must be made.
If jumbo jets are to be operated safely and reliably, jet operational runway problems must be solved.