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Comprehensive Incident Evaluation of Surface Incidents on Runways versus Taxiways

This study should identify if Surface Incidents (sliding aircrafts) are occurring on runways versus turn-offs for taxiways during inclement weather. If the data identifies a trend that these incidents are happening on turn-offs, then the Federal Aviation Administration should look into including the turn-offs to be regulated by the Snow and Ice Advisory Circular and not arbitrary regulated by airports.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

Currently turn-offs are not considered as part of runways and are not regulated under the Snow and Ice Advisory Circular (AC). The FAA has done a great job at updating the AC, however it leaves the regulation of turn-offs to be managed by the Airport Operator as they feel necessary. In theory, each airport could manage this in a different manner. It is very difficult to get data to determine if the aircraft slid on a high-speed turn-off or a non-high-speed turn-off.
It is believed that a study will identify that the majority of the surface incidents that include a slide occur when an airplane is turning, not going straight on the runway. The data may support that there is a need to consistently monitor and regulate the turn-offs for taxiways and possible treat is as part of the runway during snow and ice conditions.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

This study should identify if Surface Incidents (sliding aircrafts) are occurring on runways versus turn-offs for taxiways during inclement weather. If the data identifies a trend that these incidents are happening on turn-offs, then the Federal Aviation Administration should look into including the turn-offs to be regulated by the Snow and Ice Advisory Circular and not arbitrary regulated by airports.

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Idea No. 76