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Regulatory Compliance


Airports are responsible for adhering to national and international regulations.  In the United States both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, Part 139 compliance for commercial service airports, and a security program with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) through 49 CFR Part 1542 govern the rules.  Internationally, organizations like the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in the United Kingdon or International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) provides regulations for operators to follow.

Securing perimeter access to operational areas are vital to ensuring a safe and secure environment for aviation activities.  While security fencing is the most common means for securing a perimeter or preventing wildlife from entering the premises, BDI’s blast deflectors or vertical blast fences are another solution which can be modified to accommodate regulatory requirements.

If there is an area needing protection from aircraft engine blast but in close proximity to a security fence, BDI can work with you on creative solutions.

Blast deflectors and fences can meet any desired height, be difficult for climbing, can add barbed or razor wire, have deep foundation bases, allow or block visibility, deter animals, and be aesthetically pleasing.

Security Fence Blast Deflector

Vertical Options

FAA Part 139 Compliance

“BDI’s extensive knowledge of acoustics and aerodynamics, along with an extraordinary commitment during the design and construction phases, were critical factors in the overall success of the project.”

Martin Tzschichhold
Project Manager
Airbus Group

“Users of the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport are able to successfully test aircraft inside the BDI GRE in almost all wind conditions ensuring excellent facility usability.”

Bojan Drakul
Manager – Infrastructure, Planning and Environment

“BDI honored its assumed obligations exactly and correctly with very good quality and within the time limit. I recommend BDI as a stable and correct partner, covering the high international norms and requirements for designing and building of such installations.”

Plamen Stanchev Dimitrov
Executive Director
Sofia Airport

“After more than ten years of service, Emirates Airline continues to be very happy with the GRE facility by BDI, which is used on a daily basis for ground run-ups.”

Robert Aiken
Senior Manager Eng. Facilities

“We sincerely appreciate the outstanding support from Blast Deflectors, Inc. You have obviously earned your reputation over the last 50+ years of service.“


“I walked the entire depth of the parking lot behind the blast fence and there was no significant turbulence even with the engines at full power.”

James Muldoon
Supervisor of Aeronautical Services
Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

“BDI was selected in a public procurement procedure based on its proven technical skills and track record, as well as consideration of its financial offer for the project.”

Gábor Szarvas
Director of Community Affairs, Environment, Health & Safety
Budapest Airport

“The calls have pretty much disappeared since we built the GRE.”

Kelly Ferencz
Project Manager
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport

“We could not have hoped for a better outcome—the facility not only meets our stringent state noise regulations, but it has also brought some peace and quiet to our neighborhoods.”

Glenn Woodman
Airside Operation Planner
Port of Portland

“The BDI team was professional, responsive and easy to work with throughout the design and construction process. The GRE facility has been in operation for years with a wide variety of aircraft types and continues to function without issue, providing a safe location for engine run-ups.”

Maria Teresa Campo Suarez
Purchasing Manager
Bogotá International Airport

“The CFD study by BDI gave us the data we needed to identify, quantify, and mitigate a jet blast hazard. As a result, our client was able to avoid a situation that would have severely impacted airport operations and created a public hazard.”

Duke Young
AVP, Project Manager

“BDI’s professionalism and commitment to quality, safety and schedule are nothing short of superlative.”

Rocky Johnson
Vice President
Ivey's Construction

“The positive impact of the GRE has been immediate and significant.”

Gene Cabral
Executive Vice President
PortsToronto and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

“The enclosure has virtually eliminated complaints related to maintenance run-ups, which had been our top complaint from those in the community.”

RJ Seenstra
President and CEO
Ports Toronto

“Blast Deflectors, Inc. is dedicated to excellence that extends beyond installation.  The user-friendly scheduling tools offered by BDI allow our tenants to effortlessly create, modify, or cancel appointments.  Additionally, the commitment to acoustic excellence ensures not only superior aerodynamics but also a harmonious, noise-reduced environment, making it an easy choice for outstanding performance and tenant satisfaction.”

Stephanie Betts, C.M., ACE
Assistant Director of Operations & Maintenance
Melbourne Orlando International Airport

“During the initial day of construction, we conducted a meeting with the BDI Engineer to share knowledge on past blast deflector installation projects. This session proved highly beneficial for our local engineers, offering an explanation of the process and facilitating a question-and-answer session, thus providing valuable insights.”

Yong-Seon Lee
Project Manager
consider a variety of regulatory compliance measures

Security Compliance

Each airport operator required to establish an air operations area (AOA) in accordance with regulations must prevent the unauthorized entry of individuals and vehicles into and within the AOA.

Blast deflectors and blast fences are structural barriers ranging in various heights and model shapes suitable in meeting AOA security requirements.  The deflectors and fences can include barbed wire, security sensors, and/or security cameras in specific locations.

Federal / ICAO Compliance

In accordance with 14 CFR 139.335 in the United States, Airport operators must provide public protection, in a manner authorized by the administrator, that safeguards to prevent inadvertent entry to the movement area by unauthorized persons or vehicles; and reasonable protection of persons and property from aircraft blast.  Airports across the globe practice similar security efforts.

Blast deflectors and blast fences comply with regulatory requirements and can be designed to meet a variety of safety and security needs.

Airport Noise Compliance

Noise is an environmental nuisance surrounding airports and departure routes.  Operations such as engine run-ups are a common occurrence for maintenance purposes.  Being a friendly neighbor to the community brings good will and represents a proactive approach to noise concerns.

Ground run-up enclosures with Noise Blotter attenuation panels significantly reduces noise in areas for these types of activities.

Visual Options:

Vertical Mesh

Blast deflector

Blast deflector with cladding

Powder Coating

What BDI provides in professional services?

  • Engine Blast Analyses.
  • Detailed Product Specifications.
  • Project Drawings.
  • Professional consulting services.
  • CFD airflow analysis.
  • Project safety recommendations.
  • Product solutions for noise attenuation and/or downwash protection.
  • Inspections & Maintenance
  • Experienced and customer service-oriented team.

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