July 2001 Issue

Best Wishes Wish List

NTSB sets safety priorities that make sense for everyone, including general aviation

The National Transportation Safety Board has created a wish list describing its most-wanted transportation safety improvements. When it comes to aviation issues, the board specifies three areas where the FAA should take action to make flying safer.

The first, reducing runway incursions, is already on the FAA’s hit list as well. Control of airplanes on the ground is problematic for the FAA because the pilots (and drivers) who cause the problems are, for the most part, oblivious to the problems they’re creating.

You can talk about signage and communications all you want, but after a look at the number of people who run red lights, we’ve concluded runway incursions are a cultural phenom...

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