The White House has announced plans to improve aviation safety on a federal level. The White House worked alongside the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to build initiatives targeting different aspects of aviation and airport safety.
To improve controller situational awareness and reduce close-calls on the runway, the FAA will deploy surface surveillance systems to airports that do not already have this technology. To prevent incorrect runway landings that can result in close-calls, the FAA will expand its terminal automation system, which will provide Air Traffic Controllers alerts about aircraft alignments, to 84 airports. Additionally, the FAA will deploy a memory aid device used by controllers for occupied and closed runways to 72 additional airports. This device provides a visual and audible alert to remind controllers to check the runway before issuing clearances.
In addition, the FAA:
- Formed an independent Safety Review Team that will present concrete recommendations on how the FAA can continue to enhance safety.
- Launched Stand Up for Safety Campaign, in collaboration with the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), which included mandatory special emphasis training for the controller workforce.
- Issued safety directives to airlines with specific safety steps for pilots, airlines and others to take to reinforce proper procedure and awareness.
- Facilitating approximately 90 runway safety meetings at airports across the country, including LaGuardia Airport, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall, to identify and address airport-specific risk in the surface environment.