FAA REPORT ON AIRPORT INCURSIONS A GOOD REMINDER THAT SAFETY IS EVERYONE’S MISSION ALL OF THE TIME AND IN EVERY DIMENSION

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ARTICLE: Pedestrian/Vehicle Incursion Numbers Rising

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The FAA’s Office of Airport Safety and Operations is doing its job. That organization analyzed the data submitted by Part 139 airports and noticed an important trend—an increase in the incursion-caused incidents serious enough to be categorized “narrowly avert catastrophic consequences.” In furtherance of its safety mission AAS-300 publicized its findings to help increase awareness among all of the companies and people who work within the airport operations area. The release listed a number of potential sources of these incursions—ranging from ATC phraseology to construction truck drivers to a variety of other potential errant airport tenants.

This event is a reminder that when it comes to the airport everyone must be a vigilant participant. When it comes to aviation safety, the phrase “it’s not my job” is not operative; situational awareness is everyone’s full time mission. One of the lessons of SMS is that all of the people on the tarmac must take constant, total ownership of improving safety. A corollary is that the integrity of the airport safety performance is more important than getting the bags to the terminal or getting an aircraft de-iced.

In addition to the AAS-300 suggested responses to this threat, everyone at the airport would be well advised to keep their safety head on a swivel and constantly look for possible weak links in the airport safety system.

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