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Aeromodeling Geotextiles

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We are very pleased with our decision to use US230 for our runway. The material is holding up very well in a year when Texas has offered many challenges from flooding to extreme temperatures it has retained its qualities. We find it is easy to repair prop strikes and crashes. The repairs are made with the Loctite that you suggested and it works very well. We repair damaged areas immediately, if possible. I personally make a weekly "runway walk" looking for any disruptions of the fabric that could lead to later problems. Overall, I give your product an A+ rating. The US230 runway that we installed has increased our membership 25% to date and it is still increasing. We added a new member at our meeting last night. As the saying goes - 'Build it and they will come'. Fred Taylor, President, GTRCC

Can I purchase US 230 Runway Fabric in less than full roll quantities?

We only offer US 230 in in full rolls of 15’ x 300’.

How do I seam US 230?

Since sewing will produce humps that are not acceptable, the product will need to be glued or bonded. Gluing polypropylene can be problematic. Our clubs have told us of several options that work. These are Black Jack® Emulsion Roof Coating, 3M™ #78 Spray Geotextile Adhesive, Goop® glue and Tite Seal Roof Deck Seam Tape.

Where can I purchase sod staples?

You can purchase sod staples from US Fabrics. However, they are usually available at Home Depot, Lowes or your local sod supplier. Make sure to get staples with a flat top. Some have a rounded top that can protrude up after installation.

One of your competitors has recommended a different woven or a nonwoven geotextile for my runway. Will these work?

US Fabrics has the same woven and nonwoven geotextiles as other companies. Unlike our competitors, we have worked directly with various RC clubs to determine which geotextile provides the smoothest landing surface and has the greatest longevity. Our experience has shown that US 230 is superior to other wovens and nonwoven geotextiles in both performance and longevity. We have also worked on the manufacturing and packaging process to overcome issues common with off-the-shelf geotextiles.

How long will my geotextile runway last?

Each installation is unique. However, clubs are typically reporting 5-7 years of use.

Does a geotextile runway need to be pulled up every year?

No. You do not want to pull the runway up. This can result in damage to the geotextile. It will also be difficult to re-roll it into a manageable size without a mechanical apparatus to tension it while it is rolled.

How do I remove snow and other debris from geotextile runway fabric?

A blower or broom is the best option to insure you do not damage the fabric.

The roll has numerous fibers sticking out on the ends. Is it unraveling?

No. This is how the finished rolls appear. This is not a defect. You will notice that the rolls have a thick selvedge about an inch or so in that prevents unraveling.

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Aeromodeling Geotextiles

Radio Controlled (RC) Aircraft, or aeromodelling, has become a very popular hobby in the United States with clubs in all 50 States totaling close to 600. Finding and developing an area for the aircraft to safely land can be an RC club's biggest obstacle. A geotextile runway is the answer.

  • Cost Effective & Adaptable
  • Tough Surface
  • Easy To Repair
  • Simple to Install

1/4 The Cost of Installing an Asphalt Runway

An asphalt paved runway costs 4 times the price of labor and materials needed to construct a geotextile runway. Often, land where it would be acceptable to install a paved runway is limited. A geotextile runway constructed with US 230 is an inexpensive and adaptable way to provide landing space for the model aircraft.

In addition to being cost-effective and adaptable, the geotextile is tough enough to withstand prop damage from a plane over-rotating or uprighting. In rare cases where damage occurs, the geotextile can be easily repaired.

Here is one repair method used by our friends at Lakeland Aircraft Modelers: "The adhesive that we use to apply any patches is GOOP found at Home Depot, as well as other retailers. The GOOP patches take about 20 minutes to dry enough to use the runway and seems to hold up really well. We haven't had any of them come off although we haven't had them go through the summer heat yet, but I think it won't be an issue. It's a good idea to use round corners on the patch material to lessen the chance of them pulling up."

Easy to Install

A geotextile runway is also fairly simple to install. Blade the runway area, or remove all weeds with a post-emergent weed killer such as Roundup®, and fill in low points. Compact the area making sure to establish a crown and allow for drainage on the sides. Rake out bumps and rocks. Apply a pre-emergent weed killer such as Preen. Unroll the geotextile onto the prepared runway area. Secure the geotextile by driving in 6" sod staples to just slightly below grade level. Use staples every 18 inches. Overlap geotextile edges 6" or so and glue it with something like Black Jack® brand Emulsion Roof Coating, 3M™ #78 Spray Geotextile Adhesive or Loctite® Spray Adhesive Professional Performance. You can also tape it with Tite Seal® Roof Deck Seam Tape. The tape is white, creating a white strip down the middle that many clubs prefer.

Our friends at the Southern Eagle Squadron in Leesburg FL have discovered another way to seam two sections of US 230 together. They utilized a product available at Home Depot called Tite Seal "Roof Deck Seam Tape." They are very pleased with the results. As an added bonus, the tape is white, creating a white strip down the middle that many clubs prefer!

Featured in "Model Aviation"

US Fabrics US 230 Aeromodeling geotextile was featured in the March 2013 edition of "Model Aviation." Check the Related Information link at the bottom of this page to read the article by Tony Stillman, Flying Site Coordinator entitled "Affordable runways and a new club."

US Navy Landing UAV's on US 230!

The US Navy installed US 230 geotextile runways for their UAV's at Dahlgren Airforce Base and were pleased with the results.

Check out this PowerPoint presentation:

Low Cost UAV Runways (CLICK)

By: Lorenz Eber, P.E.
Unmanned System Safety and Operations Director
NSWC Dahlgren, G66 Test and Evaluation
US NAVY

Wolverine Skyhawks Fabric Runway Install (Click)

Excellent FAQ from KRAM on their US 230 Runway.

Also, please visit the following RC Club websites to see photos of runways constructed with our products:

Kent Radio AreoModelers - Grand Rapids, MI

Mile Hi Radio Club - Aurora, CO

Flagler County Rams - Palm Coast, FL

Texas Model Aeronautics Foundation - Waco, TX

Lakeland Aircraft Modelers - Audubon, NJ

Laramie Barnstormers - Laramie, WY

Prop Floppers RC Flying Club - Defiance, OH

Midwest Air Wing RC Club - Pontoon Beach, IL

Charleston RC Society - Charleston, SC