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ICAO Global Reporting Format is key to greater airfield safety, efficiency and capacity

ICAO/ACI Symposium on Runway Surface Condition reporting held in Montreal

Montreal, 26 March 2019 – As the increase in traffic calls for greater airfield efficiency and capacity, Airports Council International (ACI) World today emphasized the importance of implementing the new International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Global Reporting Format (GRF), a new methodology for assessing and reporting runway surface conditions.

The GRF, which will be applicable in November 2020, was published in 2016 in an amendment to PANS-Aerodromes and consequential amendments to several Annexes. It is widely considered as a step forward for safety.

It follows amendment to Volume 1 of ICAO Annex 14 – Aerodromes, which came into effect on 8 November 2018. It provides for a safe reduction in minimum airfield dimensions and offers the opportunity to boost efficiency and make improvements to capacity.

Addressing aviation stakeholders today at the joint ICAO/ACI Symposium on Implementation of the New Global Reporting Format for Runway Surface Condition in Montreal, Canada, ACI World Director General Angela Gittens emphasized the aim of the GRF and consequential benefits to the safety of aviation.

“The Global Reporting Format seeks to ensure a harmonized assessment and reporting of runway surface conditions and a correspondingly improved flight crew assessment of take-off and landing procedures,” she said. “This will also have great potential to improve safety at airports around the world by reducing runway excursions.

“At the same time, accurate and timely runway condition information adjusted to the operational need and promulgated/disseminated according to defined terminology and procedures will have a positive impact on the efficiency of the air transportation system.

“The joint ICAO/ACI Symposium has been tailored to improve awareness of the new methodology, review implementation challenges and opportunities, and to facilitate an exchange of best practices. ACI continues to encourage governments and regulators around the world to help airports and their communities reap the benefit of these changes by implementing the new standards.”

As part of ACI’s commitment to support its members with the implementation, ACI joined forces with ICAO to develop a course specifically designed to assist airport operators to understand and meet the new ICAO requirements for runway surface condition assessment and reporting.

The “Global Reporting Format” course includes the Runway Condition Assessment Matrix, when and how to conduct a runway condition assessment, how to use the Runway Condition Worksheet, and sample scenarios.

Notes for editors

  1. Airports Council International (ACI), the trade association of the world’s airports, was founded in 1991 with the objective of fostering cooperation among its member airports and other partners in world aviation, including the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Air Transport Association and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization. In representing the best interests of airports during key phases of policy development, ACI makes a significant contribution toward ensuring a global air transport system that is safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sustainable. As of January 2019, ACI serves 646 members, operating 1,960 airports in 176 countries.

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