House Aviation Subcommittee Probes Runway Safety

During a House aviation subcommittee hearing in February, DOT Inspector General Calvin Scovel noted that aviation stakeholders are expressing growing concern about the rise in the number of severe runway incidents. Scovel emphasized that the FAA and aviation users should implement FAA systems to alert controllers and pilots to potential runway incursions; improve runway signage and markings; reinvigorate the agency's program for improving runway safety; identify and correct root causes of runway incursions; and address air traffic controller issues, such as fatigue, through improved training.

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