In an effort to penetrate the UK and U.S. markets, France’s Lyon-Bron Airport has grooved its 5,971-foot runway so that international operators can disregard the 15-percent increase for landing on wet runways. Having recently joined NBAA, Lyon-Bron (LYN) is the first French business aviation airport to adopt the Federal Aviation Administration standards, since French civil aviation standards do not include grooving.
The FAA standards are applied by many countries, notably Canada and the UK. Grooving consists of creating transverse grooves over the entire length of the runway to prevent water from stagnating on the runway surface, thus preventing the risk of aquaplaning.
The JAR-OPS rules specify that aircraft must come to a stop within 60 percent of the available runway length, and in wet weather, the distance required to land and brake is increased by 15 percent.
According to the airport operator, the grooving is part of Lyon-Bron’s ambition and strategy to become an obvious choice as the gateway to Europe for North American operators.