The US Federal Aviation Administration has launched the national Runway Incursion Mitigation (RIM) initiative to improve runway safety over the next 15 years.
Runway incursion is the incorrect presence of an aircraft, vehicle or person on an area 'earmarked for the take-off and landings of the aircraft.'
Factors that can contribute to such incidents are believed to be unclear taxiway markings, airport signage or the more complex issues such as the layout of runway or taxiway.
According to statistics released by FAA, the number of runway incursions at the US airports has been increasing every year with the number going up from 1,241 in 2013 to 1,264 in 2014.
The current quarter has already seen around 220 such incidents.
Under the programme, the FAA will collaborate with members of the aviation community to devise new ways of educating, training, marking and lighting standard runway safety areas. The initiative will also explore the use of new technology and airfield improvements.
The RIM will identify the reasons related to risks that can lead to incidences of runway incursion, and create strategies for airports to reduce such risks.
FAA will also try to identify specific areas that have a history of such incidents and will work on strategies to reduce further occurrences.
The agency intends to work with airport sponsors to develop strategies to bring down runway incursions at these locations.
Image: Runway incursion is the incorrect presence of an aircraft, vehicle or person on an area 'earmarked for the take-off and landings of the aircraft'. Photo: courtesy of khunaspix/freedigitalphotos.net.