Aviation safety issues and actions

Standards for installation of runway centreline lighting on wider runways

Issue number: AO-2016-166-SI-01
Who it affects: Operators using runways wider than 50 m without centreline lighting
Issue owner: International Civil Aviation Organization
Operation affected: Aviation: Airports
Background: Investigation Report AO-2016-166
Date: 15 May 2019

Safety issue description

Category I runways that are wider than 50 m and without centreline lighting are over-represented in veer-off occurrences involving transport category aircraft landing in low visibility conditions. The installation of centreline lighting on wider category I runways is recommended but not mandated by the International Civil Aviation Organization Annex 14.

Recommendation

Action organisation: International Civil Aviation Organization
Action number: AO-2016-166-SR-013
Date: 15 May 2019
Action status: Released

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that the International Civil Aviation Organization review the effectiveness of Annex 14, recommendation 5.3.12.2 (for the installation of runway centreline lighting on Category I runways that are wider than 50 m), given that Category I runways that are wider than 50 m and without centreline lighting are over-represented in veer-off occurrences involving transport category aircraft landing in low visibility conditions.

Current issue status: Safety action pending
Last update 15 May 2019