AOPA and the AOPA Air Safety Foundation were among the key players at the FAA's runway incursion summit August 15. Following the Comair accident in Lexington, Ky., and air carrier runway incursion incidents at Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International and Chicago O'Hare International airports, the FAA called in some 40 industry representatives to find solutions. "While the most serious incursions have involved air carrier aircraft, general aviation pilots cannot be complacent," said AOPA Air Safety Foundation Executive Director Bruce Landsberg, who chaired one of the workshops. The group recommended immediate safety reviews at airports to identify problems with signage, markings, and procedures; it also suggested accelerating already-approved projects to improve surface markings and signs. The foundation offers runway safety education materials that are used by GA, the FAA, and the airlines.
August 17, 2007