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Runway Incursions Drop by Half


November 3, 2010 — The FAA announced recently that the number of serious runway incursions at the nation’s airports dropped 50 percent from 2009, the second consecutive year that the number of serious incursions was cut in half. The number of serious runway incursions at the nation’s airports dropped from 12 in the 2009 fiscal year to six in the 2010 fiscal year, which ended on Sept. 30. The new figures reflect a steady, significant improvement in runway safety over the last decade. In the 2000 fiscal year there were 67 serious runway incursions. Of the six incursions this fiscal year, three involved commercial aircraft.

 “The goal we are working towards is zero runway incursions,” Babbitt said last month. “I’m confident that the right combination of education and technology will help us get there.”

Several years ago the FAA launched an intensive effort to improve runway safety. That effort included the expedited installation of new technology at airports, expanded requirements for improved signage and markings at airports, and improved pilot training on runway conflict scenarios. Since then, the FAA and pilot groups also have conducted extensive outreach and training for general aviation pilots.


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