Review of FAA's Call to Action Plan for Runway Safety   [open pdf - 293KB]

"Runway safety is a top priority for all users of the National Airspace System, and runway incursions (potential collisions on airport runways) remain among the most critical safety concerns. In fiscal year (FY) 2008, the total number of runway incursions reached a 5-year high of 1,009. While they subsequently decreased to 951 in FY 2009, this still represents a 30-percent increase since 2004. Reducing the risk of runway incursions is a key performance goal for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and requires heightened attention at all levels of the Agency as well as proactive efforts by airlines and airport operators. In August 2007, FAA, airline, and airport officials created a Call to Action Plan (the Plan) for improving runway safety after several close calls at some of the Nation's busiest airports. The Plan identified a series of short-, mid-, and long-term initiatives to reduce runway incursions. FAA also established a Runway Safety Council--a joint government/industry body to develop a systemic approach for improving runway safety. [The Office of Inspector General (OIG)] conducted this audit at the request of Senator John Rockefeller and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. Specifically, they asked that [the OIG] conduct a comprehensive review of the current state of aviation safety, including a focus on runway safety issues. [The OIG] audit objective was to evaluate the effectiveness of actions taken as a result of FAA's Call to Action Plan for improving runway safety. We conducted the audit at eight airports and two airlines from January 2009 through April 2010 in accordance with government auditing standards prescribed by the Comptroller General of the United States."

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Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General, Report No. AV-2010-071
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United States Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General: http://www.oig.dot.gov/
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