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TYMCO Regenerative Air Sweepers

P.O. Box 2368
Waco, TX 76703-2368

(800) 258-9626

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High Speed Airport Runway Sweeping

Runway Sweeping

Every year, more and more people are using air transportation as their means to travel. Meanwhile, airport administrators are trying to increase air traffic without adding additional resources. This makes time extremely valuable for all activities performed by airport personnel. When airport maintenance staff perform routine sweeping over runways, ramps, aprons and taxiways, it is critical that those areas are swept to remove all FOD, but it is becoming increasingly important for those areas to be swept quickly. TYMCO originally designed the Model HSP® (High Speed Performance) for the United States Military to meet their High Speed Runway Sweeper Performance Specification requiring 6 different tests over 140 sq ft on a flat level paved area.

  1. Sand Test – 0.5 lbs/sq ft with a Required Performance of 95% at 15 mph
  2. Pea Gravel Test – 0.5 lbs/sq ft with a Required Performance of 95% at 15 mph
  3. Stone Test – Ten Stones having a 2” nominal diameter with a Required Performance of 100% at 15 mph
  4. Solid Steel Cylinder Test – Ten Solid Steel Cylinders 1” in diameter x 3” long with a Required Performance of 100% at 15 mph
  5. Joint Cleaning Test – 1/2" x 1/2" x 6-1/2’ long joint filled with sand with a Required Performance of 40% at 15 mph
  6. Miscellaneous Pick Up Test – Seven each of the following items placed on the track. Required Performance of 54 pcs at 15 mph.
    • Steel
      • Balls – 1/2" diameter
      • Nails – 2-1/2” long
      • Flat Washers – 1/2 I.D.
      • Screw Cap – 1/4" diameter x 2”
      • Hexagon Nut – 1/2"
      • Air Craft Safety Wire – 1/2" long, crumpled
    • Aluminum
      • Sheet – 2” sq x 1/8” thick
      • Rivets – 1/4" diameter x 1”

The Model HSP was developed by TYMCO to meet the United States Military’s High Speed Runway Sweeper Performance Specification MIL-C-29195(YD). Because of the excellent performance of the Model HSP, it soon became the desired airport runway sweeper of civilians as well as military airports worldwide.