Monday, August 11, 2014
10:45 - 11:45 Runway Incursions / Excursions...It's Just a Matter of Seconds
Presented By Al Gorthy, Captain USN Retired
Unlike the airspace above, which spans millions of square miles, the runway environment is a far more limited area, often with a steady stream of aircraft taking off and landing on intersecting runways, sometimes in poor weather and with limited visibility. These conditions put aircraft at an increased risk for ground collisions and excursions (overrunning or undershooting the runway during takeoff or landing). Runway accidents have the potential for significant loss of life and injury.
Reducing the likelihood of runway collisions is dependent on the situational awareness and attentiveness of pilots and controllers and time available to take action—often a matter of just a few seconds.