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A Fine Way To Paint A Runway


Airfield Lining
It took us two days to apply two coats of paint — Mark Bostock


It takes something to paint the lines on an airport runway while the airport in question remains open.

Riggotts, however, managed to pull it off. Over the course of two days in August, Riggotts refreshed the markings on the runway and taxiways at Blackbushe Airport near Camberley, right on the border between Surrey and Hampshire.

Throughout that time the airport remained fully operational as planes continued to take off and land while the Riggotts team, including new recruits Mark Bostock and Shane Cutter, carried out their work. Small wonder the management at Blackbushe was delighted at the outcome that caused minimal disruption to the airport’s operations.

“It’s not the kind of thing that could possibly be done at somewhere as busy at Heathrow but Blackbushe Airport, with its lighter schedule, allowed us the opportunity,” says Mark Bostock. “It took us two days to apply two coats of paint, working shifts during night and day, maintaining a safe distance when aircraft were taking off or landing. Fortunately the weather was decent allowing us to get the job done as professionally and quickly as possible.”

Concludes Mick Lambert, manager at Blackbushe Airport: “Mark and Shane did a fantastic job for us. They turned up on site and worked for two days, safely and efficiently, until the project was complete. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Riggotts to any other independent airports looking to refresh their line markings.”


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