European Action Plan for the Prevention of Runway Incursions
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European Action Plan for the Prevention of Runway Incursions

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      EAPPRI V3.0 - Released Issue
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      This version of European Action Plan for the Prevention of Runway Incursions (EAPPRI) recognises the emergence of EU provisions intended to improve runway safety in Europe. However, like its predecessors, this third version of EAPPRI continues to recognise the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPS); it is therefore suitable for universal application. The ICAO runway incursion definition (also adopted by the EU) is “any occurrence at an aerodrome involving the incorrect presence of an aircraft, vehicle or person on the protected area of a surface designated for the landing and take-off of aircraft.” Since the first release of the EAPPRI, aerodrome local Runway Safety Teams have been established at hundreds of airports across Europe. The implementation of the recommendations contained in the first and second versions of the Action Plan has been extensive, thanks to these teams and the organisations that support them. In 2008, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) embedded this concept as an essential requirement to the European Union “EASA Basic Regulation”, a key element in helping to raise the safety of runway operations at European airports. More recently, the Commission Regulation No 139/2014 (or “Aerodrome Regulation” as it is sometimes known), and its associated Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material (GM), further elaborate the importance of these runway safety arrangements. Other EU legal instruments covering standardised European rules of the air (SERA); air operations; the reporting, analysis and follow-up of occurrences in civil aviation; common requirements for the provision of air navigation services; and technical requirements and administrative procedures relating to air traffic controllers' licences and certificates also impact runway safety to one degree or another. Many operational staff have experienced a runway incursion and have contributed to the future prevention of runway incursions through incident reports. These reports have taught us that the majority of contributory and causal factors are concerned with communication breakdown, ground navigation errors and inadequate information in the cockpit. The runway incursion problem remains a significant safety issue. One of the important challenges is that pilots and drivers on a runway without a valid ATC clearance believe they have permission to be there.
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