How the CAA works with industry to ensure safety during winter weather conditions
The CAA works with stakeholders across the relevant sections of industry, notably aerodrome and aircraft operators, and air traffic control units to reduce the hazards from winter operations. The CAA also works with international groups and is an active member of the ICAO Friction Task Force.
The trial finished on the 31 March 2013 and, due to the number of snow events, a large amount of data has been gathered. The Winter Information Group, as sponsor of the trial, will now examine all of the reports from airports, airline crews and ATCOs and publish a report later this year.
This trial is another step in determining a method of providing operators with an estimate of braking action based upon factual runway conditions. The trial involved a reference table that allows aerodrome operators to report a qualitative estimated surface friction value based upon the depth, type of contaminant and ambient temperature.
The purpose of these meetings is to facilitate discussion amongst industry stakeholders and between industry and the CAA with the aim of sharing lessons learned and suggesting improvements for future winter operations.