Due to an increasing number of runway incursions two decades ago, such as the February 1991 nighttime collision between a USAir Boeing 737 and a Skywest Metroliner at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the FAA severely restricted the number of airport control towers authorized to allow a departing aircraft to sit on the runway for any length of time.
While the FAA is doing a better job of collecting aviation safety data, two government watchdogs told a congressional panel yesterday that the agency lacks the integrated collection and analysis needed to enhance the safety of air traffic operations.
In an effort to reduce accidental runway incursions, Garmin has partnered with wireless technology provider I.D. Systems of Woodcliff Lake, N.J., to offer SaveNav, an on-vehicle GPS-based navigation and alert system aimed at providing airport vehicle operators with real-time situational awareness. The system, which comes loaded with maps of more than 950 U.S.
ICAO’s two-week Assembly in Montreal in late September/early October covered much new ground as senior representatives from the world’s nations got to grips with the challenges civil aviation faces as it transitions to a still unfolding advanced-technology environment.
According to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, the number of serious runway incursions at U.S. airports dropped by half from a year ago. In Fiscal Year 2009, there were 12 serious runway incursions; in FY 2010, which ended September 30, only six were logged, three of which involved airliners. This is the second consecutive year that the number of serious incursions has fallen by half, the FAA said.
The NTSB has clarified its runway incursion reporting rule when it comes to helicopters.
Runway incursion reports don’t have to be filed by helicopter operators, according to an NTSB clarification correcting amendments to Part 830 that became effective in March.
The FAA is notifying operators that the NTSB amended Part 830 to include five new conditions that require immediate notification upon occurrence.
Cessna Citation 550, Reading, Pa., Aug. 3, 2008– While landing at Reading Regional Airport/Carl A. Spatz Field, following a Part 91 positioning flight from Pottstown, Pa., the Citation II/SP was substantially damaged when it struck a mowing tractor during roll-out. According to the tower controller on duty at the time, the Citation crew contacted him at eight miles out and was issued clearance to land on Runway 31.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has updated its online Teterboro Airport training tool, which covers critical safety information for pilots operating from the busy airport. The tool includes graphical presentations of runway incursion hot spots, scenarios for common pilot errors, aircraft lighting configurations and takeoff procedures.