Safety Tip: Airport Surface Deviations
Notice Number: NOTC2939
Airport Surface Deviations have been on the rise recently and it is up
to all of us to be more diligent and to be more professional in our
At the bottom of an esteemed co-worker’s e-mails there is the following
If you look both ways before crossing a road, then how many ways should
you look before crossing a runway?
Think about this for a second and then review what you look for, and I
mean really “Look For,” prior to entering/crossing a taxiway or runway.
You should realize that if you see another aircraft or a vehicle or a
piece of equipment near where you are, then maybe you don’t have the
proper clearance to proceed.
For example, did the Tower tell you to hold short and you missed that
or did the Tower tell the other operator to hold short and he missed
it? As you look on final approach and see an aircraft out there, ask
yourself again, “Do I have clearance to take the active runway?”
If you are ever in doubt on any of these, be proactive in looking out
for your safety and the safety of others. Contact Ground or Tower and
verify your instructions. Be diligent in copying your taxi clearance;
verify your take off clearance when you see someone on final.
An ounce of caution can be all it takes to break the accident chain or
the error chain. Don’t become a statistic in the FAA files or in the