The Runway

Topics: Airport, Air traffic control, Malpensa Airport Pages: 8 (2209 words) Published: February 27, 2011

Learning From Each Other to Improve European Runway Safety

Safety Letter Runway Safety Initiative

In this issue
• Local runway safety team


The Working Group for Runway Safety
The Working Group for Runway Safety has been in existence since 2002. This Working Group for Runway Safety is a cross-discipline and dynamic group of experts, all of whom have a passion for solving the problem of runway incursions. The European Action Plan for the Prevention of Runway Incursions is a joint piece of work, and since its publication early in 2003 progress has been significant. Awareness of Runway Incursion prevention is high, and work will continue. Very serious runway incursions are still happening today in the ECAC area, with little or no time available for the controller, pilot or driver to react. This newsletter is part of the campaign to raise awareness of the problems facing runway operations and one opportunity to share lessons learned about implementing solutions. I hope you find it of use and interest. A new Runway Incursion poster is also available .


Runway definition


• ICAO new phraseology • NATS Runway Safety goals • Common causal factors

The Working Group and your organisation continues to need your input. If you have any comments or suggestions, please email: Paul Wilson Head of Airport Througput Business Unit EUROCONTROL



July 2005

Safety Letter Runway Safety Initiative

Learning From Each Other to Improve European Runway Safety
Confusion over Phraseology Leads to Runway Incursions
The European Action Plan for the Prevention of Runway Incursions includes the following recommendation:


European Runway Safety Initiative
The European Runway Safety Initiative (RSI) began in 2001, at a time when many in Europe believed that runway incursions were a North American problem. Knowledge of the number of runway incursions in Europe was limited because of a lack of reporting and and the limited value of information contained in the reports. A survey conducted by the Runway Safety Task Force discovered that pilots and controllers throughout Europe considered runway incursions to be one of the most serious safety issues in airport operations. Since the survey was conducted there have been a number of serious runway incursions and a major runway accident. In 2002 a European Runway Safety workshop took an honest look at the known contributory factors gleaned from accident and incident reports and the operational knowledge of the whole aerodrome community. Each stakeholder contributed to developing the recommendations contained in the European Action Plan for the Prevention of Runway Incursions, first published in 2003 and updated in August 2004, As the articles in this safety letter show, national authorities, ANSPs, airports, and aircraft operators throughout Europe have made significant progress in implementing the Action Plan recommendations. Nevertheless, since its first publication, there have been a number of incursions which might not have happened if the recommendations had been fully implemented. A copy of the European Action Plan for the Prevention of Runway Incursions can be downloaded from the Eurocontrol website:

“Verify the use of standard ICAO RT phraseologies”. A common communication problem is the fundamental difference between the North American phraseology “TAXI INTO POSITION AND HOLD” (which has the same meaning as the ICAO standard phrase “LINE UP AND WAIT”) and the old ICAO phraseology “TAXI TO HOLDING POSITION” (which means taxi to, and hold at, a point clear of the runway). Use of this non ICAO standard phraseology fails safe in North America and fails dangerous in Europe. To overcome this problem ICAO has amended its phraseology to "TAXI TO HOLDING POINT" ref. amendment 4 to the procedures for Air Navigation Services - Air Traffic...
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