FAQ Answer

FAQ Answer

Why are PSZs "straight" and do not follow the take-off route from an airport?

Public Safety Zones are areas determined through statistical risk assessments, specific to each airport's unique set of operations. Whilst aircraft follow a number of routes surrounding an airport, it is statistically more likely for an airport-related aircraft incident to occur on landing rather than on take-off. In the UK, the majority of airports use long, straight, arrival routes that follow the extended runway centreline for some distance to guide aircraft to the airport runway; therefore statistically, there is more likelihood that any incident, should it occur, would happen along these straight approach routes instead of the often curved departure routes. As a result, PSZs tend to extend away from the runway in a triangular shape, tapering to a point that usually lies on the extended runway centreline.


Public Safety Zones