Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Problems. Topic S04-02. Preventing Vehicle-Aircraft Incidents During Winter Operations and Periods of Low Visibility

<p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Winter and low visibility operations on an airport represent times when the risk for a collision between an aircraft and vehicles increases. Factors that increase this risk include: (1) </font><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Communication breakdowns or miscommunications between vehicle operators, air traffic controllers, and/or pilots can result in a vehicle-aircraft incident.</font> (2) <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">The urgency to restore the airport to operational status as soon as possible creates pressure on winter operations personnel.</font> (3) <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Winter operations often occur over extended hours/days that can result in driver fatigue.</font> (4) <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Visual cues that drivers normally use to navigate on airport runways and taxiways may be obscured or take on a different appearance.</font> (5) <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Although it is sometimes possible to close a runway while winter/low visibility operations are conducted on it, at other times it is necessary to conduct winter/low visibility operations on the runway between aircraft arrivals and/or departures.</font> (6) <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Personnel assigned winter operation duties in non-movement areas may inadvertently enter movement areas.</font> (7) <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Vehicle operators are often faced with multiple distractions when conducting winter/low visibility operations.</font> <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">The objective of this synthesis is to provide a compendium of existing practices, procedures, training, and systems that airport operators use to reduce the risk of vehicle-aircraft incidents during winter/low visibility operations.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>The synthesis should address airports with operating full-time, part-time or without airport traffic control towers (ATCTs).<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>The synthesis should include airports ranging in size from general aviation to large hub.</font></p>

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  • English

Project

  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $25000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-03, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Staba, Gail

  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Research Board

    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Start Date: 20070601
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20080901
  • Source Data: RiP Project 16888

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01462658
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-03, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:07PM