Despite Significant Management Focus, Further Actions Are Needed To Reduce Runway Incursions
The IG testified and released a report before the House Transportation and Infrastructure’s Aviation Subcommittee regarding runway incursions (incidents that create a collision hazard). While FAA has placed substantial management focus on reducing runway incursions in recent years, the number of potentially hazardous incidents continues to increase. Last year, there were 431 runway incursions, an average of more than one a day. Factors constraining FAA’s progress in reducing incursions include: 1) ineffective deployment of technologies to airports with continued runway incursion problems; and 2) FAA’s Runway Safety Program Director has insufficient authority to ensure that initiatives undertaken by employees responsible for runway safety are completed.