Serious Runway Incursions Fall Sharply in U.S.

 - October 27, 2010, 10:27 AM

According to the DOT and FAA, 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 joint FAA/DOT announcement reflects a significant improvement in runway safety over the last decade. Just 10 years ago there were 67 serious runway incursions. Since then, the FAA launched an effort to improve runway safety, including installation of new technology, expanded requirements for improved ­signage and markings and improved pilot ­training on runway ­conflicts, as well as outreach and training for GA pilots.