Operating aircraft near runway and taxiway construction projects adds complexity for everyone involved. Today’s risk mitigations have the best chance of success under a blame-free, open communication approach with all airport stakeholders well versed in the latest safety resources and planning tools, says a current U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) educational campaign.
Clearance wording introduced last September to heighten flight crew awareness of reductions in available takeoff and landing distance is just one of many defenses against human error and safety system issues related to temporarily shortened runways. Wayne Rosenkrans describes construction-related communication issues and other factors that have necessitated extra mitigating actions.
Also in the July ASW: disruption of ILS glideslope and localizer signals caused by aircraft in critical areas near the antennas; an accident involving a Beech King Air B200 on a medevac flight undertaken without adequate risk assessment and whose necessity was questioned; the state of medical evaluation of pilots; and other important articles on aspects of aviation safety. [Download PDF 9.8M]