Safety & Technical Standing Committee

The committee covers airport planning, design and development; airspace and airport capacity; physical characteristics of runways, taxiways and aprons, aircraft/airport compatibility issues, including the impact of new large aircraft (NLA); visual aids for navigation; future air navigation systems; airport equipment and installations; safety management; safety management, including runway and apron safety; aerodrome emergency planning; rescue and fire-fighting; (and the removal of disabled aircraft). Its work especially relates to ICAO Annex 14 (Aerodromes).

Current issues include pavement strength for aircraft with six-wheel main landing gear, technical benchmarking, life cycle maintenance management, technical impact of low cost carriers, energy and water usage, new airfield lighting technology, runway end safety areas and arrester beds, runway friction, runway incursion prevention, airfield capacity, and safety management systems.