Countering runway incursions

6.1 Firstly, study available reference material for ideas on addressing the problems. The hyperlinks in this Circular are a good place to start, and there are other materials provided by larger aviation regulators here:

6.1.1 FAA: http://www.faa.gov/airports/airport_safety/call_to_action/.

6.1.2 UK CAA: http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/33/CAA1069_Aerodrome%20Standards%20Handout.pdf.

6.2 Ensure that runway incursions are accorded a high priority in the aerodrome operator’s safety management system. The incidence of runway incursions should be monitored for a trial period to determine the scale of the problem. Any runway incursion incidents must be investigated to determine causal factors. Any causal factor trends will need to be addressed, and this is best done through the safety management system.

6.3 All runway incursion incidents must be reported through the Mandatory Occurrence Reporting System (MORS). Such reports contribute to global statistics and research into runway incursions, which in turn leads to the internationally co-ordinated development of countermeasures.

6.4 Establish an appropriate Runway Safety Programme to reduce runway incursions. Ensure that the action plan addresses all agencies operating at the aerodrome, and that the Runway Safety Programme is managed by a multi-disciplinary Runway Safety Team. The Runway Safety Team may be a standalone committee or part of an existing aerodrome safety committee.

6.5 Ensure that an aerodrome-wide runway safety awareness campaign is undertaken.

6.6 Ensure that internal safety audit teams are tasked specifically to ensure that aerodrome facilities comply with ICAO SARPS and OTARs.


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