Sarsys Volvo Friction Tester (SVFT – V90)


  • Measuring programme in accordance with ICAO and FAA
  • Approved by FAA
  • Modern technology and operational efficiency
  • Excellent ergonomics, fingertip control
  • Outstanding manoeuvrability
  • Total operator comfort
  • Easy service and maintenance
  • Windows based measuring computer

Sarsys Volvo Friction Tester (SVFT – V90), built into the Volvo V90, is one of the most advanced friction measuring systems on the market. It is primarily designed for friction measuring on airport runways and taxiways, but can also be used for measuring on roads.

The SVFT is programmed to measure in accordance with regulations issued by authorities such as the ICAO and FAA and is designed for both operational and maintenance measuring.

The Volvo V90 is a high-performance front-wheel drive car offering excellent manoeuvrability in combination with a good weight class working environment for the operator.

The large space in the back provides unimpeded access to the measuring system, making service and maintenance work easy and comfortable. There is still room for a good load of extra equipment, such as spare wheels, tools etc., a valuable feature when a number of airports are to be visited for regular maintenance measuring.

An important guideline for the design of the SVFT has been to make full use of the prime advantage of self-contained configuration: Speed and smoothness in operation.

The entire measuring system is contained within the car with unchanged driving qualities and without need to hook up a trailer.

In the operational situation, the vehicle is immediately available for a measuring run and a runway friction report is also available to airport operations or to traffic control within just a few minutes after the start of the run.

The speed of the reporting can be further increased by using a freewave modems transferring the measured data directly to a PC at the receiving end.

For measuring on wet runways, stipulated for maintenance measuring, the SVFT is available with a water system. Its water tank has a volume of 500 litres, sufficient for 6250 metres (20.500 ft) of runway with a 1 mm water layer.

The measuring wheel can be fitted with a standardized measuring tyre, as stipulated by ICAO and FAA for this type of measuring.