For Immediate Release

Release No. ASW 18-02
August 16, 2002
Contact: John Clabes, Roland Herwig
Phone: (405) 954-7500

FORT WORTH — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that Dallas/Fort Worth International airport Friday will complete one full year without a runway incursion.

The airport has more than 780,000 landings and takeoffs a year. More than 1,700 planes cross a runway at D/FW each day, 365 days a year.

Paul Erway, Southwest Region runway safety officer, paid tribute to airport, airline and air traffic management. “The three have worked together throughout the year to improve runway safety at D/FW and it certainly has paid off in safety and smoother operations at this great airport,” Erway said.

He said quarterly meetings were held all year with airport, airline and FAA staff and management to adopt a number of safety programs, including publication of a runway safety brochure and poster. These all help keep focus on the safety issues, Erway said. He added that training and lighting improvements coming this Fall will also contribute to the success of the program. Doug Murphy, FAA Southwest Region air traffic manager, paid tribute to “controllers who helped make the safety milestone.”

Erway conducts training sessions with pilots, controllers and airport managers throughout the five-state FAA region.