ICAO to support states to meet runway surface conditions

International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has stated that it is ready to support its member states, airports, airlines and air traffic service providers in their planning and preparations to meet up with the 4 November 2021 applicable date for assessing and reporting runway surface conditions.

ICOA noted that it would offer the support in cooperation with its partners, saying that a complete set of online training courses is now available for them

“There are now only a few months until the 4 November 2021 applicability date for ICAO’s Global Reporting Format (GRF) for assessing and reporting runway surface conditions.  Planning should now be in place, focal points should have been nominated and actions should be underway to ensure readiness for this important transition.

“The GRF aims to mitigate the risk of runway excursions, the most common form of runway safety-related incidents, through the harmonized assessment and reporting of runway surface conditions,” said ICAO.

According to ICAO, GRF comprises a number of elements: An assessment of surface conditions by a trained observer who, using a globally harmonized matrix, allocates a Runway Condition Code (RWYCC) to each third of a runway; complements the RWYCC with a description of surface contaminant, including type, depth and amount of coverage, using a globally harmonized set of descriptors; transposes these RWYCCs and descriptors onto a Runway Condition Report (RCR); forwards the RCR to air traffic and aeronautical information services for transmission to the flight crew by SNOWTAM, ATIS and if necessary radio broadcast; correlating the RCR with aircraft performance data by the flight crew, enabling them to calculate their takeoff or landing performance; and a facility for the flight crew to provide their own observation of runway surface conditions, confirming the RWYCC or alerting to changing conditions.

“In cooperation with our partners, ICAO continues to support States, airports, airlines, and air traffic service providers in their planning and preparations. In particular, a complete set of online training courses is now available, that addresses airport operations staff, air traffic control and flight crew and airline operations staff.

“These courses have been developed with the contribution of key subject matter experts. They provide the required theoretical knowledge which combined with any necessary practical training, will help to fulfill a States training requirements.  Though the courses are currently available in English, in the near future a course for airport operations staff will be available in French, Spanish and Russian,” said ICAO.

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