Following a summer of numerous accidents, some taking place on the runway, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has decided to take action.
By January of next year 15 major U.S. airports will receive a state-of-the-art runway safety system.
Called Airport Surface Detection Equipment Model X, the system helps air traffic controllers avoid possible collisions by combining information from a range of sources, such as radars and transponders.
This in turn creates a real-time map of every airport-surface movement.
The first airport to receive the new technology will be Seattle’s SeaTac International Airport. Other airports included on the list are Boston Logan, New York’s LaGuardia and JFK, Los Angeles and Minneapolis-St. Paul.
Marion Blakey, an FAA administrator, commented: “Reducing the risk of runway incursions is one of our top safety initiatives. The FAA is deploying new technology to these large airports to make sure the traveling public receives the most immediate and greatest safety benefit.”