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Features March 2017 Issue

Runway Incursions

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Runway Incursions

We tend to be more concerned about traffic conflicts in the air than on the ground, but runway incursions are still rampant and on the FAA’s hit list. Let’s be more careful.

With all the distractions in the cockpit—whether it’s loading the navigator, copying a clearance or simply dropping the only pen you brought along—it’s no surprise that close calls on the ground are still common. Perhaps not surprising, but not acceptable either. After all, we have a lot of tools to help us remain safe on the ground. We’ve had ground-safety procedures drilled into our heads in recent years. GPS is common now for taxiing, along with lots of signs and lights to guide us. So runway incursions and related incidents ought to be on the decline. As it turns out, though, things haven’t improved.

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