Best Practices for Airfield Safety - Vehicle Drivers
- Review and understand airfield signage and markings.
- Review the airport diagram prior to moving the vehicle.� Have the airport diagram out and available for immediate reference while driving in the operational area.
- Review current airfield information for any taxiway closures, runway closures, construction activity, or other surface risks.
- Ensure appropriate vehicle lights (high beams, flashers, beacons, and strobes) are operational prior to driving in the operational area.� Flashers and beacons help ATC, aircrew and other vehicle operators see vehicles in the operational area, especially during periods of reduced visibility and at night.
- Use service roads whenever possible to minimize time spent on taxiways and runways.
- During radio transmissions, use correct terminology and proper voice cadence.
- Copy your clearance and review the assigned route.� Read back all clearances.
- Eliminate distractions while driving in the operational area.� Do not use cell phones while driving in the operational area.
- Focus attention and have your "eyes out" of the vehicle.
- Maintain appropriate speed.
- Be alert to similar aircraft and vehicle call signs operating on the field.
- STOP the vehicle on the taxiway and request ATC clarification if there is confusion regarding your position or your clearance.�
- When cleared to cross any runway or taxiway, first visually check to ensure there is no conflicting traffic.� If there is any doubt that the runway is clear, reconfirm crossing clearance with ATC
- Note that if you see an aircraft in take-off position on a runway with take-off/landing lights ON, that aircraft has most likely received its take-off clearance and will be departing immediately.
- If your radio fails while you�re in the operational area and the tower is open, alert the controllers by flashing your high/low beams towards the tower.� They will respond using the light gun: solid red means stop where you are; solid green means cleared to cross, proceed or go.� If the tower is closed, visually clear your route and exit the operational area as quickly as possible.
- If the tower is closed, broadcast your location and intent on the CTAF.
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