Runway Safety News

Runway Safety News




Here is where you will find news forwarded to us by professional Runway Safety experts. Be sure to also reference the SoCal Airports page for location specific news, and the INFO Warehouse Page that also may have Runway Safety Tips and Safety Information in general.





AC 150/5345-53D - Airport Lighting Equipment Certification Program
Document Information

This AC describes the Airport Lighting Equipment Certification Program (ALECP). It provides information on how an organization can get Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) acceptance as a third-party certification body (third-party certifier) and how manufacturers may get equipment qualified under the program. It includes a list of the equipment that is certified under the program. This AC does not impose requirements or mandate participation in the ALECP by any party. This revision clarifies the criteria that FAA will use to determine whether a certification body qualifies for participation and how equipment may be qualified.   Read the AC HERE



Tower intervened to stop Transavia 737 taxiway take-off

18 September, 2019 SOURCE: BY: David Kaminski-Morrow London

Dutch investigators have disclosed that a Transavia Boeing 737-800 attempted to depart from a taxiway at Amsterdam Schiphol before tower controllers intervened and ordered the jet to abort.

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FAA Safety Team | Safer Skies Through Education


Runway Safety through Stabilized Approaches

Notice Number: NOTC9729

Maintain a Stabilized Approach! Have you heard these words before? It’s a critical, lifesaving way to approach every flight.
There are several criteria, but generally, a pilot is flying a stabilized approach when he or she establishes and maintains a constant angle glidepath towards a predetermined point on the landing runway. Every runway is unique, but a commonly referenced glidepath follows the “3:1” principle. That is, for every 3 nautical miles flown over the ground, you should descend 1,000 feet. This simulates a standard 3-degree glideslope. Data shows that the further out from the runway threshold you establish a stabilized approach, the lower your risk of loss of control, wrong surface landings, or runway excursions.

Tips for Staying Stable:

If it’s not right, GO-AROUND! Execute a timely go-around decision when a stabilized approach cannot be made, or for any other condition that may result in an unsafe approach or landing.

The further from the runway that you establish a “3:1” flight path profile, the greater your probability of successfully flying a stable approach.

NOTE: Every runway is unique and the published glidepath should be flown when available.

A method to estimate the appropriate descent rate in feet/minute to maintain a 3-degree glidepath is to multiply the groundspeed in knots by 5.

When available, use a visual approach system such as a VASI or PAPI, or precision instrument approach to help maintain glidepath.

Increase your knowledge on stabilized approaches. Some resources include:

The GAJSC website (
AC 91-79A (

Fly Safe,

Nick DeLotell
FAA Commercial Operations Branch
(609) 485-9500


07/30/2019   June 2019 Addendum to AC 150/5345-53D, Airport Lighting Equipment Certification Program - See it Here

07/30/2019   Errata for AC 150/5300-13A, Airport Design   See it Here



Runway Safety Tips for Construction Season

Notice Number: NOTC9621

Winter is over, and that means construction season is upon us all! Airport construction projects aim to make enhancements to infrastructure and safety, but they come with their own risks. Use these resources in your flight planning, training, and airfield operations to help increase your surface safety:

Graphical Airport Construction Notice Diagrams - Now available in ForeFlight!

Provides a graphical representation of construction NOTAMS.
Available at Click here!
Also available with NOTAMS at PilotWeb.  Click here!
Then click on the right “Aeronautical Information” bar, and from the dropdown “Construction Notices”.

FAA Runway and Taxiway Construction Website

Contains checklists, articles, and other resources for all airport operators and users.
Available at  Click here!

FAA TV: Orange is the New Black and Yellow

Short video to increase your awareness of construction signs and markings.
Available at  Click here!

Remember that orange signs around the airfield this season indicate construction hazards. Paying attention to NOTAMS, using the Graphical Construction Notice Diagrams, and working carefully with air traffic controllers are just a few ways you can enhance safety at our airports.


July 11 2019 - FAA Recommends Upping Braking Performance Margins by Gordon Gilbert in AINonline - "Recent data indicates that applying a 15 percent safety margin to calculate wet runway stopping distance, as recommended by previous guidance, may be inadequate in certain conditions to prevent a runway excursion, according to a new safety alert for pilots (SAFO 19003). This new alert replaces the guidance in previous SAFO 15009."

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07/08/2019 SAFO 18003, Turbojet Braking Performance on Wet Runways, is now published. This SAFO cancels and replaces SAFO 15009 and warns airplane operators and pilots that the advisory data for wet runway landings may not provide a safe stopping margin especially in conditions of Moderate or Heavy Rain. You can view the SAFO (Safety Alert for Operators) Here


7/01/2019   FAA Highlights Graphical Airport Construction Diagrams Now Available in ForeFlight - An NBAA article that illustrates this new available source of information - You can view the NBAA article Here.    Thank you Alex Gertsen and NBAA for your initiative with FAA on this important advancement.

7/01/2019   Sent to SCAUWG by a senior member:  "For those of you that do not use Foreflight (and there are a number of us), here's a link to the FAA Construction Sight <<"   To Visit that reference Click Here

Continuing: "These airports are mostly "majors"; and I could only identify four in the Southwest ... Los Angeles, Phoenix, Tucson, and McCarran (Las Vegas). Still, if you're traveling this summer and expect to visit a major city/airport ... this is information worth having."