Sometimes such taxiway slip ups dont spark media

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Sometimes such taxiway slip-ups don't spark media attention, but they still can cause expensive damage and result in bothersome delays. Honeywell International Inc. HON +0.78% initially seemed keen on developing wingtip cameras and onboard ground-radar systems, both to provide pilots of bigger jets with images of nearby aircraft. But in recent months, Honeywell has reduced the priority of work on such cockpit warning systems, according to one person familiar with the issue. Taxiway collisions are considered a different category of ground hazard than so-called runway incursions, when a plane mistakenly enters or crosses an active runway and runs the risk of a high-speed crash with an aircraft coming in to land or accelerating to take off. After a flurry of dangerous incursions in previous years, the FAA and airports have relied on improved traffic-control procedures, enhanced training and better signs and lights on airfields to significantly reduce the most hazardous types of close calls. But so far, incidents in which planes bump into each other at low speed have proved more difficult to combat at some fields at busy hub airports, pilots often have to contend with packed taxiways, jammed air-traffic control frequencies and, during darkness, bright lights from terminals, trucks and other sources that can make it difficult to precisely judge clearances between aircraft. In the 2011 collision at Kennedy – which occurred half an hour after sunset – pilots of the Air France superjumbo told NTSB investigators "they had difficulty seeing clearly outside" due to bright lights around them, according to a safety board document. Air-safety experts are considering two potential solutions to prevent taxiway collisions, both with the goal of eliminating human error. Work is underway to perfect cockpit displays able to identify and track the movement of nearby planes, while Honeywell is in the forefront of efforts to develop automated systems intended to allow autopilots to control aircraft movements on the ground. The A380 collision at JFK in 2011 prompted safety officials to review ground-movement procedures at the airport. In a preliminary report, the NTSB said pilots of the Air France Contd… (c) UPES, Not for Reproduction/ Sale
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UNIT 25: Case Study Notes ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ superjumbo used the plane's existing cameras to check that they were on the centreline of the taxiway they were instructed to use by controllers, but those cameras can't show the A380's wingtips. FAA officials also have been considering what special ground procedures and taxi precautions are required at airports that intend to serve the next generation of extended Boeing747 jumbo jets. Question Critically analyse the case. Source: (c) UPES, Not for Reproduction/ Sale
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Notes ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ Aviation Safety & Security Management (c) UPES, Not for Reproduction/ Sale
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Glossary Notes ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ Glossary Aerodrome: It means any definite or limited ground or water area intended to be used, either wholly or in part, for the landing or departure
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