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Virtual-reality Simulation of Aircraft Accidents Challenges ARFF Incident Commanders 8 pages. [PDF 56K]
Wider adoption of this technology hinges on funding and further study of this method of developing aircraft rescue and fire fighting skills.
Solutions Target Chronic Hazards to Aircraft During Airport Construction 12 pages. [PDF 106K]
International practices, discrepancy data from airport inspectors, accidents and incidents influence airport operators’ methods of reducing construction-related risks. New advisory information continues to address safety-area encroachments, unauthorized/improper vehicle operations and unmarked/uncovered holes and trenches as the most prevalent issues.
Border-collie Patrols Are Among Newest Methods of Airport Wildlife Control 8 pages. [PDF 536K]
Airport studies have found that the dogs’ harassment of birds has helped reduce bird populations and the number of bird-strike accidents. The dogs also have been effective in reducing the presence of other wildlife in aircraft operations areas.
Maintaining Visual Aids Helps to Prevent Runway Incursions 8 pages. [PDF 101K]
Evolving methods of inspection, evaluation and maintenance enable airports to identify deficiencies before pilots or ground personnel experience surface-navigation problems. Safety specialists in several countries are working to ensure that airport markings, signs and lighting remain visible.
Rapid Deplaning by Airbridge Requires Coordinated Procedures 8 pages. [PDF 54K]
The decision to use an airbridge for precautionary deplaning or emergency evacuation at the gate rests with the aircraft captain. The U.K. Civil Aviation Authority recommends that airports be involved in coordinating procedures used by crewmembers, gate agents, airbridge operators and aircraft rescue and fire fighting personnel.
Airport-operations Simulation Aids Evaluation of Strategies to Prevent Runway Incursions at LAX 8 pages. [PDF 276K]
Tests conducted in a U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration simulator showed that a taxiway extension and revised traffic-management procedures might help to reduce runway incursions at Los Angeles (California, U.S.) International Airport.