Many times, we have come across instances or read in news papers about air traffic controllers found dozing or pilots getting reckless. These days people are becoming more and more worried about safety when flying. The concept of air safety has gained lot of prominence these days as instances of air travel related accidents are increasing. According to Air Transport Association, the accident rate last year was 0.61 that is one for every 1.6 million flights.
There are some airports that are very particular about passenger safety and going to great lengths in order to ensure safer air travel. They have been analyzed and rated on various parameters regarding runway parameters. An analysis was done by TranelandLeisure.com and Federal Aviation Administration. They have created a formula and determined out of 35 busiest commercial airports in USA, how many of them reported fewest and least severe runway incident in a period from 2006 to 2010. 15 airports were successful in this rating. Some of the airports have never reported a serious incident or fatality resulting due to aircrafts.
The numbers are proof that FAA has been successful in bringing about lot of improvements over the years. 67 runway incidents were recorded in 2000 by U.S. airports that could have led to injuries or fatalities. According to a spokesperson, only six last years, the total dropped while involving commercial aircraft plummeted from 34 a decade ago to three in 2010, the number of serious incidents specifically.
In 2007, a call to action on runway safety was launched wherein the FAA has applied a number of new programs and technologies. Some of them are- new runway status lights technology, pilot seminars and air traffic controller refresher courses, airport surface detection equipment, and the identification of "hot spots," which are referred to as those places where collision risk is maximum.
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