Features

June 2019 Issue

Runway Incursions

They’re usually a problem only at larger airports, but using taxi charts and eliminating multitasking from the cockpit can help us become part of the solution.

There once was a time when piston singles were more prevalent at the Washington Dulles International Airport than they are today, and one evening I was in one of them, coming or going, on the ground control frequency. Another light airplane called for taxi clearance and, based on its position, was routed to a departure runway as far away as humanly possible from its parking spot. The pilot responded, “Uh, ground, that looks kind of far; do you mind if we just fly over there?”

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