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Runway Safety

General Aviation Safety Challenges

From The Flight Deck

Hazards and Hot Spots

Every airport is unique, and complex runway and taxiway configurations can lead pilots to make mistakes in the air and on the ground, but there are several general aviation safety challenges pilots frequently encounter. The From the Flight Deck videos below address some of those common issues and offer ways to stay safe. You can also view a map for From the Flight Deck videos and links to location-specific safety information.

Wrong Airport Landings

Even with today's highly accurate and readily available technology, pilots are still misidentifying their airport of intended landing, often going so far as making an approach to or actually landing at an airport other than their planned destination. The problem occurs with pilots operating both VFR and IFR. This video helps pilots avoid this costly and potentially catastrophic error.

Wrong Surface Landings

Parallel runways with staggered thresholds are a leading causal factor that increases the risk of pilots landing on the wrong surface. This situation has occurred even after the pilot has correctly read back the runway they've been cleared to land on. This video reviews these risks and how to avoid them.

Winter Weather

Failure to properly prepare for and execute appropriate cold weather airport operations has led to runway incursions, resulting in collisions with snow removal or maintenance operators, and serious runway excursion accidents. This video reviews several risk factors present during winter weather and how to stay safe during the cooler seasons.

Wrong Direction Intersection Takeoffs

Many pilots have accepted or requested an intersection takeoff, and then departed in the wrong direction. It can happen to you. This video reviews some common causes of intersection takeoffs in the wrong direction, and some best practices to help you avoid them.

Hold Short

Crossing or entering a runway without appropriate clearance is a serious issue at many airports. Pilots are instructed to taxi to a runway or a specific spot on the airport and may have been instructed to "hold short" of the runway but they cross it anyway. This video will help you avoid hold short dangers.

Review airport construction notices, airport diagrams and VFR charts before your next flight.

Airport Construction
Notice Diagrams

Review airport construction notices to see if there are any impacts to keep in mind on your trip.

First, search by airport on the Federal NOTAM System (FNS). A small orange and black graphic indicates there is a construction notice for the airport. Click the graphic to view the construction notice.

Airport Diagram & VFR Chart Downloads

Airport Diagrams and VFR Charts are routinely updated. Follow the instructions below to ensure you are viewing the most updated diagrams and charts.

Airport Diagram

Search the FAA Database using our search tool to access PDF versions of Airport Diagrams.

VFR Chart

Access the latest VFR Raster Chart, a digital image of an FAA VFR Chart that contains all the information of the paper chart.

First, visit the sectional chart index to determine which sectional chart to review based on your airport's location.

After you've determined the appropriate sectional chart for your airport's location, download PDF or GEO-TIFF files.

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