FAAST – Safety Tips

Runway Safety Tip
Notice Number: NOTC1697

During investigations of actual runway collisions, it has been learned that there were cues that could have provided flight crews with information regarding what was about to happen. ATC recordings, reviewed after some accidents, have contained pilot and controller transmissions that could have been used as indicators to prevent an accident.

Pilots don’t have to become controllers in addition to flying the aircraft, but it’s always a good idea to “listen-up,” especially when you’re holding on a runway awaiting takeoff clearance. You may inadvertently be cleared for takeoff with another aircraft landing or departing on an intersecting runway. Or an aircraft could be cleared to land on the runway on which you’re holding.

If you’re concerned about safety for any reason, speak-up and ask!

The FAASTeam has asked Max Trescott, the 2008 National CFI of the Year, to write a series of safety tips. Max, a San Francisco area-based Master CFI, specializes in teaching in and publishing training materials for glass cockpit aircraft. You can read more of his work at www.maxtrescott.com and www.g1000book.com.

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