The expectation is that the new equipment will prevent tragedies such as TAM’s Airbus in 2007, which went through the airstrip and collided with a company building, killing 199 people.
The airport of Congonhas in São Paulo will be the first of Latin America relying on EMAS technology, which slows down an airplane that may not be able to brake and cross the end of the runway. The model is already widely used in U.S and in several terminals around the world. The system is based on a structure that creates a new exhaust area with concrete blocks that deform and accommodate the aircraft. Flight safety specialist Roberto Peterca explains how it works. “We can resemble what we find on the roads, as in via Anchieta, when you go down the mountain, there is a ramp there, some gravels where the truck that loses the brake goes there where there are stones and reduces the speed. So it is also in aviation, when the plane is going to overtake the airstrip, it will stop before finishing the runway, avoiding accidents. ”
The understanding is that this new equipment will be able to prevent tragedies such as the TAM Airbus that used to make and route between Porto Alegre e São Paulo and crossed the Congonhas runway, colliding with a company building, killing 199 people on board and on land in 2007. The system is widely used in airports with space limitations. The Minister of Infrastructure, Tarcísio Gomes de Freitas, indicates that users will feel more comfortable and that the idea can be taken to other lanes in the country. “Congonhas airport is a typical case, perhaps the clearest example of this need. This greatly increases the perception of security and there is a possibility that it can be used for other airports, for Santos Dumont and for other airports that have the shortest runway and have the need to increase security ”, he said. The investment of R $ 122.5 million will be made by Infraero and paid to the consortium that won the bid for the execution of the works that should last 16 months. The implementation will take place at the two headwaters of Congonhas.
* With information from reporter Daniel Lian