Runway Safety a Top Focus for FAA

 - March 27, 2008, 12:28 PM

FAA Acting Administrator Bobby Sturgell on Tuesday said he is pleased with the aviation community’s response to the agency’s August “call to action” to make runways safer. “Our call to action included a top-to-bottom review of 20 airports. It uncovered a valuable amount of data–data that’s led to more than 100 fixes,” he noted. “Some of them were as simple as improving the markings and paint on taxiways.” The fixes have been so successful, Sturgell said, that no runway incursions have been logged at the 18 airline airports that were reviewed and received the fixes. Based on this initial success, the FAA will now review 22 more fields, including Seattle Tacoma, Chicago Midway, New York La Guardia, Washington Dulles and Teterboro (N.J.) Airports. While the FAA is looking at airports to improve runway safety, it isn’t ignoring technology that provides a direct warning to pilots in the cockpit. To improve analysis of the benefits of current cockpit runway safety technologies, Sturgell said the FAA intends to make available “up to $5 million to enter into cost-sharing, cooperative agreements with industry.”