BAA, the UK airports authority, Boeing, McDonnell Douglas and the US Federal Aviation Administration are among concerns testing a new Australian computer-aided airport-pavement-design package, called Airport Pavement Structural Design System (APSDS).

The product, marketed by Mincad Systems of Melbourne, predicts the impact of aircraft types on pavement design, and allows performance comparisons between competing designs.

Using APSDS, Boeing has recently demonstrated that the Boeing 777 will almost certainly not be as damaging to pavements as had been predicted originally.

Source: Flight International