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Detailed taxi instructions to help reduce runway incursionsDetailed taxi instructions to help reduce runway incursions

In an ongoing effort to improve runway safety, the FAA is requiring air traffic controllers to provide detailed taxi directions to pilots and airport vehicle operators.

“Instead of receiving clearance to a specific point, pilots will now be given the actual route they should take,” said Melissa Rudinger, AOPA vice president of regulatory affairs. “This is similar to the progressive taxi requests that pilots can make.”

The FAA implemented the rule on May 19 after a recommendation by the agency’s Runway Safety Call to Action Committee. As a committee member, AOPA evaluated the proposal and studied risk factors such as pilot and controller miscommunication.

Brush up on taxiway and runway signage before your next flight with the AOPA Air Safety Foundation’s Runway Safety online course.

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