Runway safety has been identified as one of the most significant risks to safe aviation operations and a key global safety priority. This is also a common area of concern across the Australian aviation industry as a whole, considering the controls for runway safety risks require the coordinated effort of aerodrome operators, aircraft operators/pilots, the regulatory authority (CASA) and the air navigation service provider (Airservices).
Runway incursions in particular pose a significant threat to aviation safety and can occur at any class of aerodrome. The development of local action plans is part of the on-going defences to address runway safety at many locations within Australia, with industry participation crucial to success.
So how can you avoid being involved in a runway incursion? Based upon lessons learned from runway incursion reports: good communication techniques (listening out, frequency management, contact with ATC), planning and familiarising yourself with aerodrome layouts (especially when visiting for the first time), situational awareness (knowing where you are on the aerodrome at all times as well as the position of traffic around you) and knowledge of procedures, are all valuable skills to avoid runway incursions.