On January 19, 2011, a Citation X flying from Providence, Rhode Island, to Waukegan National Airport in Illinois slid off the runway. This was six years before TALPA, the Takeoff and Landing Performance Assessment initiative, was created.
According to the National Business Aviation Association, TALPA incorporates the runway condition matrix that airport operators use to assign runway condition codes between zero and six for each third of the runway. However, TALPA is just the beginning.
This episode of AIN’s The Human Factor further examines the dangers of runway contamination, the impact of TALPA, and how the aviation industry can work on improving runway safety standards.
In this episode we will hear from:
- Gary Cook, one of the pilots from the Citation X flight
- John Gadzinski, president of Four Winds Aerospace Safety
- Chet Collett, director of flight operations at Alaska Airlines
- Mark Gilbert, business pilot
- Ryan Sheehan, director of operations and maintenance at Spokane International Airport
- Scott Stauffer, fractional-share pilot and creator of Lumin Aerospace
- Jack Swedyk, Cleveland Hopkins Airport operations manager
Topics the episode will cover:
- Flying in bad weather
- Runway contamination
- Takeoff and Landing Performance Initiative (TALPA)
- Industry Makes Inroads on Takeoff and Landing Performance Assessments
- NBAA’s TALPA Educational Videos