May 2000 Issue

Runaway Incursions?

Though some would have you think runway incursions are on the rise, it’s not that simple

Among pilots, the perception of what’s “safe” is forever clouded by the tree-falling-in-the-woods syndrome. If no one’s there to hear it, does it still make a thud?

The aviation safety corollary has to be the accident stats numbers game. When a trend seems to surface, was it there all along or are we just noticing it because we happened to be looking?

Such may very well be the case with the FAA’s current safety problem child – runway incursions. According to data collected by the agency, runway incursions are at an all-time high and rising.

Worse, most of them are committed by general aviation pilots, giving the impression that the average Bonanza or Piper owner is bumbling around...

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