Enhanced runway condition awareness for runway excursion prevention
- SJU reference # PJ.02-W2-25.1 /Release 10
- Status In the pipeline
GROUND AND AIRBORNE SENSORS IMPROVING RUNWAY CONDITION MONITORING
This Solution was formerly part of PJ.03b-06 in Wave 1
Runway excursions account for nearly a quarter of all runway safety accidents, according to IATA. This candidate solution aims to improve the assessment of runway surface contamination and global awareness in order to prevent runway excursions during take-off and landing.
The candidate solution is developing a runway condition awareness and monitoring system (RCAMS) to support airport duty officers in facilitating continuous runway condition awareness. Built-in runway sensors and a dedicated runway condition model are the core elements of this system, which are also fed by auxiliary surveillance data. RCAMS is delivering a dedicated interface for duty officers equipped with both appropriate alerts and assistance in rapid runway condition report (RCR) dissemination to critical stakeholders (e.g. ATC). RCAMS is fully compatible with the global reporting format (GRF) recently introduced by ICAO. RCAMS also includes tower ATCO/APP ATCO interface that is networked directly with duty officer. This approach makes rapid runway condition dissemination to key stakeholders easier and more robust.
The ground-based system is supported by an on-board braking action computation system (OBACS), which estimates the runway condition during the landing roll. The resulting measurements are pushed automatically to RCAMS interface allowing for subsequent alerts to the duty officer if needed. OBACS output can also be used independently by the flight crew for pilot report (PIREP) assistance.